Business Bureau :
WESTERN Coalfields Limited (WCL), a subsidiary of Coal India Limited (CIL), has created a history by loading and dispatching 50 rakes in a day on November 5. This is the highest ever achievement by the company, despite adverse COVID-19 situation. Total daily dispatch of 2.46 lakh tonnes of coal through rail and road was also the highest. Under ‘Mission 100 Days’ plan, a target of achieving 50 rakes dispatch in a day was fixed in early September 2020 to be achieved within 100 days by end of December 2020. However, with dedicated work of Team WCL, the company could achieve the target of 50 rakes in just 50 days.
Initially, during the lockdown due to COVID-19 outbreak in April, May and June 2020, dispatch of coal from WCL came to a level of 15-18 rakes per day and the total dispatch dropped to a level of below 80,000 tonnes per day. This was due to less or almost no demand by State gencos and other consumers. However, WCL envisaged that the demand will pick up quickly and, therefore, formalised ‘Mission 100 Days’ plan to set right fundamentals for augmenting dispatches. Under a drive, State gencos and other consumers situated in central, western and southern India were offered additional coal by swapping their existing linkage from eastern India as the landed price of coal of WCL happens to be much cheaper.
All State gencos responded well and by August 2020, WCL could envisage getting additional demand of 20-25 million tonne. Additional demand required jump in daily rake/road dispatch and therefore, target of 50 rakes was given to assess the ultimate capacity of coal dispatch. A ‘Rail-Coal Synergy’ with major share of Central Railway (CR) and support from South East Central Railway (SECR) and South Central Railway (SCR) was envisaged by close co-ordination with different areas of WCL and Railway officials.
All possible help and support has been given by Indian Railways for achieving the unexpected target of 50 rakes and going beyond. Out of 50 rakes, 42 rakes have been shared by CR followed by 6 by SECR and 2 by SCR. With achievement of target in just 50 days, WCL has now set target of 65 rakes in a day and 3 lakh tonne dispatch by end of December 2020.