The government has said that Coal Ministry is making continuous efforts to develop indigenous manufacturing capabilities in coal mining sector.
It said, this will further reduce India’s reliance on import of high-capacity mining equipment and boost its domestic production. Coal Ministry said, these efforts are in line with the objectives of aatmanirbhar bharat promoting Make in India.
Currently, Coal India Limited imports High-Capacity equipment such as Electric Rope Shovel, Hydraulic Shovel, Dumpers, Drill and Motor Graders worth around three thousand 500 crore rupees and pays one thousand crore rupees as custom duty.
Therefore, the Ministry has planned to phase out import over the period of next five to six years by encouraging and developing domestic equipment manufacturers’ capabilities.
The Ministry said, some of the high-capacity machines are presently under trial procurement from domestic manufacturers.