The central government has not slowed down the exploration for estimation of fresh coal resources in the country.
Fresh coal resources are identified through Promotional/Regional exploration/ drilling.
Every year about 1 to 3 billion tonne of fresh resources are added through Promotional/Regional exploration to the Coal Inventory of the country.
Achievement of Promotional/ Regional exploration drilling was 1.76 lakh metre (2017-18) in comparison to 1.51 lakh metre in 2013-14.
Initiatives have been taken to avail new techniques like 2D/3D seismic survey, Air borne survey etc. from specialized agencies through Global tendering.
This information was given by the Minister of Railways, Coal, Finance & Corporate Affairs, Shri Piyush Goyal in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.>