Synopsis: Collaborative endeavors by the Ministry of Steel and the Ministry of Coal have propelled domestic coking coal accessibility, curbing import dependence. The initiative envisions 140 million metric tons coking coal production by 2030, an instrumental component for steel manufacture. An array of strategies, including auctioning coal blocks, reinvigorating abandoned mines, and innovative collaborations, fortifies coking coal supply, reinforcing India's industrial trajectory.Article: In a dynamic bid to fortify the nation's industrial fabric, the Ministry of Steel and Ministry of Coal have joined forces, yielding promising outcomes in the realm of coking coal, a crucial element for steel production. With an ambitious goal of achieving 140 million metric tons of domestic coking coal production by 2030, India embarks on a journey towards self-sufficiency in this vital resource, minimizing reliance on imports and fostering an environment of industrial resilience.The Ministry of Coal ignited the "Mission Coking Coal" during FY’22, a visionary response to the burgeoning domestic demand for coking coal, a demand projected within the framework of the National Steel Policy 2017. This mission unfolds as a transformative underpinning of the "Aatmnirbhar Bharat" (self-reliant India) initiative, aiming to substantially diminish coking coal imports. Through a multifaceted approach encompassing exploration, amplified production, technological integration, private sector engagement, establishment of new washeries, escalated R&D activities, and enhanced quality standards, this mission champions India's path to coking coal self-sufficiency.A pivotal milestone in this journey has been the auction of coking coal blocks by the Ministry of Coal. The allocation of 16 blocks marks a significant stride, with 4 blocks auctioned during 2022-23, two of which secured by JSW. This collective effort is poised to contribute a substantial 1.54 million metric tonsto coking coal production, a notable enhancement to the nation's resource base.Breathing new life into dormant mines, Bharat Coking Coal Limited opens new avenues by inviting entities to extract coking coal from abandoned mines under a revenue sharing model. This innovation seeks to rejuvenate 8 discontinued mines, with 4 already issued Letters of Award and the rest progressing through the tendering phase. This dynamic approach breathes vitality into previously dormant resources.The synergy between Steel Authority of India Limited and BCCL, evident through a Memorandum of Understanding, amplifies coking coal supply. This partnership targets 1.8 million metric tons of washed coking coal, further buoyed by the construction of 4 new coking coal washeries by BCCL, which augments the availability of this essential resource.The recent auction organized by BCCL and Central Coalfields Limited in June 2023, resulting in Tata Steel securing 50,000 metric tons of raw coking coal, underscores a steadfast commitment to domestic sourcing.Promoting innovative solutions, the Ministry of Coal advocates the establishment of greenfield washeries or the refurbishment of existing ones. A Transaction Adviser, entrusted by BCCL, is meticulously crafting a roadmap for existing washery refurbishment, ensuring long-term viability and efficiency.Conclusion: As India charts a resolute course towards self-reliance, the augmentation of domestic coking coal production stands as a testament to strategic planning and unified efforts. These initiatives echo India's aspiration for self-sufficiency and resilience, fostering a future where coking coal fuels the nation's industrial growth.