Coal India Ltd (CIL) has decided to support Make In India by starting to use an Indian- made 205-tonne electric dumper, manufactured by BEML (Bharat Earth Movers Ltd.), a state-owned undertaking. The electric dumper is on trial at one of the largest CIL subsidiaries – Northern Coalfields (NCL).
NCL chairman and Managing Director PK Sinha said that the basis of NCL’s success stories lay in the upgrading and use of technology related to coal production and dispatch.
A senior official from NCL has said that the successful completion of the six-month trial by the dumper will prompt BEML to participate in future tenders floated by CIL. He cites an example of 10 dumpers being procured for Eastern Coalfields. The requirement for dumpers and shovels is also expected to rise.
The current equipment supply to CIL is dominated by Russia’s Belaz, Tata Hitachi and Caterpillar. These high-capacity dumpers come at prices upwards of Rs 15 crore each.