• The Government is considering opening up coal marketing, Coal Secretary Anil Kumar Jain said. Currently, production by Coal India is allocated through a number of different methods, including multiple sector-based auctions and coal linkages based on recommendations by the Union government, and Fuel Supply Agreements (FSAs).
  • Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) has set a target of 10 lakh tonnes of coal production from the ‘Naini’ coal block in Odisha from the next financial year 2021-22.
  • Indian Railways is making dedicated freight corridors to provide exclusive movement on fast speeds for goods trains. By March this year, Indian Railways will add 350 kilometre to 400 kilometre of Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC), Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal said.
  • The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has set the target to match the highway project awards in the first nine months of the current fiscal in the January-March quarter. The authority awarded 2,423 km national highways till December of the current fiscal. In the whole of 2019-20 fiscal, NHAI had awarded 3,211 km national highways, up from 2,222 km in 2018-19.
  • Chowgule & Company Private Limited (CCPL) is all set to start commercial coal mining in the Shahpur (East) coal mine in Shahdol district, Madhya Pradesh after it signed an agreement with the Union ministry of coal, mines and parliamentary affairs.
  • The road ministry said that a record 534 km of national highways was constructed in one week, beginning January 8. The ministry has constructed 8,169 km of NHs from April 2020 to January 15, 2021 in the current financial year 2020-21, i.e. with a speed of about 28.16 km per day. During the same period in the last fiscal, 7,573 km roads were constructed, with a speed of 26.11 km per day.