CIL looks at tech chief post for projects

Written by Pranbihanga Borpuzari | New Delhi, Aug 27 | Updated: Aug 28 2008, 07:02am hrs
For strengthening the institutional arrangements for implementation and monitoring of its ongoing and upcoming projects, state-run coal giant Coal India Ltd (CIL) proposes the creation of a specialised position in the company.

According to sources, CIL suggested that position of senior director (technical) should be created to look exclusively after project planning, implementation and monitoring.

This comes after an evaluation found that, if constraints are addressed, CIL can increase its production by 51.87 mt to 573.37 mt of coal by 2011-12 from the targeted 520 mt.

Under the existing system of project management, every coal producing subsidiary has two directors (technical). Conventionally one is designated as director technical (operation) and the other as director technical (project and planning).

The day-to-day requirement of operation takes precedence over project planning and monitoring, as a result the implementation of projects do not receive the desired focus.

Under the new system all area chief general managers and general managers will report to the senior director (technical) as far as projects are concerned. On a continuous basis he will take stock of constrains, infrastructure development, land acquisition, forestry clearance, environmental clearance and initiate urgent remedial action.