We can't manufacture coal. The only way we can improve efficiency of coal procurement is to have a centralized one-window process
(in consultation with MoEF) which would grant all permissions required for coal mining in an area. I also believe that legalization of Go, No-Go
idea, with a scientific background would greatly simplify the process of environmental clearance, because everyone would know beforehand where mining can be allowed and where it can't.
My question is, why do we have to meet our current demand for coal? Energy produced from coal causes pollution, is inefficient and expensive.
The question we must be asking ourselves instead is, how can we decrease our current demand for coal by diversifying into other areas of power generation (Currently coal plants meet more than 50%
of our energy needs). Everyone is talking about nuclear plants and that's fine. What about solar plants? Are we on track to meet the target of 20,000 MW
solar power generation by 2020? Can we facilitate greater FDI in this sector (because it requires a high capital investment) by allowing for subsidies, tax breaks etc? What are we doing to promote research in alternative sources of energy?
Lets try to look beyond coal. We have to, some time or the other. The time when we're growing at 9% is a good time to start.