Indian Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal has announced that the government will open more than 60 coal mines across the country in the next few days.
The new mines form part of the overall plan to double the current production Coal India (CIL) in five years to help reach the country's total production target of 1500 million t.
Goyal also announced that micro-grid and off-grid solutions are being examined to provide power to 28 crore people in rural India who are still without electricity.
Assuring the Indian population that the government's focus was on development of developing regions, an official statement from the power ministry concluded: "Investment of Rs 9865 crore approved for upgrading power systems in eight north eastern states. Transmission line approved with investment of Rs 26 000 crore to evacuate power to southern region from western region."
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