• The senior officials of the Railway Board and the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL) noted that the on-going projects of eastern and western freight corridors to consume 17 metric tonnes of steel in next five years.
  • The domestic demand for steel will get support from infrastructure that will be developed to achieve the $5-trillion economy target, according to Minister for Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan.
  • Pradhan said the various policy reforms and Government initiatives like Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Har Ghar Jal Yojana, construction in railways and roads, creation of a gas-based economy and creation of new agri-storage facilities are set to drive steel demand.
  • The Singareni Collieries Company Ltd has set a coal production target of 67.5 million tonnes and firmed up capital expenditure of ₹3,000 crore for 2020-21.
  • N Sridhar, Chairman and Managing Director of the state-owned mining company, sanctioned ₹3,000 crore of investments for the next financial year during 552nd board of directors meeting at Singareni Bhavan.
  • Deccan Cements has firmed up plans to expand cement capacity at its plant located at Mahankaligudem village in Nalgonda district of Telangana.
  • The capacity will be augmented from 1.8 million tpa to four million tpa by installation of new unit (Unit-III).
  • The plant will also include expansion of clinker capacity from 1.7 million tpa to 3.2 million tpa and waste heat recovery power plant capacity from 18 MW to 33 MW.
  • The work on the project is expected to commence by September 2020. The completion date is scheduled for mid-2021.
  • Union Minister for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan has said that the government aims to make Chhattisgarh a steel hub of the country. Mr Pradhan said that the steel industry has an important role to play in making India a five trillion dollar economy.
  • Coal India Ltd (CIL‘s) coal supply to the power sector registered a decline of 6.8% to 377.86 million tonnes (MT) in the April-January period of the ongoing fiscal against 405.61 MT despatch in the year-ago period, according to official data.
  • However, the coal despatch by CIL to the power sector in January registered an increase of 2.9% to 43.20 MT, over 42 MT in the corresponding month of the previous fiscal, it said.