Eastern coalfields limited Current Affairs - 2019
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Coal India for the first time, has started using an indigenously-made, 205-tonne electric dumper, a critical piece of equipment in mining. This indigenously-made dumper has been developed by state-owned BEML. Coal India has put this electric dumper on a trial in Northern Coalfields’ Amlohri coal mine. This indigenously-made dumper is the biggest one deployed by Northern Coalfields limited.
This indigenously-made dumper is expected to increase competition among suppliers, bring down costs and improve the availability of spares.
How the successful trail can give a boost to Make in India?
The successful trial will open a plethora of opportunities because
- The successful trial will enable BEML to participate in tenders for higher capacity dumpers floated by Coal India.
- Northern Coalfields limited has already floated one such tender and the Eastern Coalfield limited is in the process of floating tender for 10 dumpers.
- The dumper market in India is captured by Russia’s Belaz, Tata Hitachi and Caterpillar. But these dumpers come at prices upwards of Rs 15 crore.
If the BEML gains an opportunity to enter the e-dumper market, it will act as a disruptor in the market and give fierce competition to the big market players. It can open a plethora of opportunities for BEML and give a fillip to Make in India together with cutting the costs for Coal India.
Make in India
‘Make in India’ campaign aims to facilitate investment, foster innovation, enhance skill development, protect intellectual property & build best in class manufacturing infrastructure in India. The initiative aims to transform India into a global manufacturing hub. The initiative focuses on creating jobs in 25 sectors.