Maoist attack hits CCL production target

RANCHI: The Central Coalfields Limited (CCL), a subsidiary of Coal India Limited, is struggling hard to fulfil its annual production target, especially after the Maoist attack on its mining project at Piparwar on Monday.

The company is likely to fall short by minimum 0.5 million tonnes (MT) of coal as daily production has come down by around 25,000 tonnes per day. After the Maoist attack, the company has already suffered a production loss of around 75,000 tonnes.

The Maoists had attacked the Ashoka project in Piparwar area of Chatra district early on Monday and burnt five vehicles, including two earth-movers, at the mining site.

Company officials said they were already struggling hard to meet the annual target of around 49 MT after several days of bandh called by the Maoists and other rebel outfits in the current fiscal year. Till February, the total production was around 40.54 MT and the company was trying to increase the daily production from all mines to meet the target.

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