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During pre-war days, coal was very cheap and its supply was far in excess of demand. There was a buyers’ market and the coal consumers as such had hardly any problem or difficulty regarding their supplies. Coal was so cheap and easily available that the consumers were heedless of its economic use and there was no need to have a corporate body of consumers to protect and safeguard their interests.

The outbreak of the Second World War soon changed the circumstances radically. Increased war demands gave stimulus to higher production resulting in increased industrial activity and technological development of new order. Steep fall in coal production coupled with increased demand brought about virtually a coal famine in the country. The railways were unable to cope with heavy pressure of military traffic and could not release adequate wagons for loading of coal during emergency.

There was in fact, a sellers’ market with demand for coal far exceeding supply. Misuse of our limited coking coal reserves for non-metallurgical purposes, absence of quality control, ignorance of consumers regarding fuel economy and efficiency measures coupled with unscientific and slaughtered mining causing enormous loss to the nation did not receive sufficient attention without proper representation of the consumers. In these circumstances, Coal Consumers’ Association of India was born on May 17, 1945 under the leadership of Late D.C. Driver of Tata Steel. Several large industrial coal consuming industries like Tata Steel, Indian Iron, Associated Cement and others extended their help and cooperation to provide a common platform to the coal consumers to voice their individual grievances effectively. The points of view of the Coal Consumers which were then channelised through the Association received better attention. Since then the Government started paying heed to their difficulties put forth through the Association. Never in the long history of the Coal Industry before, was the consumer of coal considered important or his voice was hard in the deliberation of vital question regarding production, conservation, price and marketing of coal. This was by every means a great achievement. The Association that started humbly with modest membership of only 22 Coal Consumers had 62 Members within a year of its existence. Thus the Association strengthened its foundation year after year, on which the present edifice stands.

Principal Officers

Mr. Prakash Sethia


President – Natural Resources
India Power Corporation Limited
Plot No.X. 1, 2 & 3, Block – EP, Sector-V
Salt Lake City
Kolkata – 700091

Ms. Subhasri Chaudhuri

Secretary General
Coal Consumers’ Association of India
4 India Exchange Place, 7th Floor
Kolkata- 700 001

Mr. Devendra N. Arolkar

Head – Western Chapter
Coal Consumers’ Association of India
4 India Exchange Place, 7th Floor
Kolkata- 700 001

Mr. Debasish Guha

Lead – Technical
Coal Consumers’ Association of India
4 India Exchange Place, 7th Floor
Kolkata- 700 001

President's Message

Coal Consumers’ Association of India (CCAI) has been relentlessly rendering valuable services to all member companies since 1945. It is also looking into all possible means of presenting the problems and exploring prospects of using coal as a primary fuel for years to come.

Since last few years entire world has gone through plethora of changes in direct consumption of coal. Environmental impact on usage of fossil fuel has been the focal point of discussion.

Similarly, overall changes in coal policies have carved the niche of Indian coal as well. Despite India having fifth largest coal reserve in the world, it is still behind in achieving its ambitious production targets to fulfill the comprehensive requirement of Coal Quality & Quantity of the country’s coal consuming sectors. I am sure that with concerted efforts from Ministry of Coal and all the stake-holders, this task could be met in the near future with huge savings of foreign exchange.

I would invite all generators, industries, business suppliers and service providers at large to offer their valuable suggestion & draw benefit of this website and support CCAI in all its endeavours.
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