Coal imports have fallen to 190 million tons during the last financial year
from 217.78 Million metric tonne (MMT) in 2014-15 to 203.95 MMT in 2015-16 The
trend of fall in import of coal has continued during the first quarter of
This was stated by the Minister of State for Power, Coal & New and
Renewable Energy and Mines during a reply to a question in the Lok Sabha last
The fall in imports is largely on account of enhanced production by Coal
India Limited (CIL), due to which the country has moved from a regime of coal
scarcity to a coal surplus situation.
The Minister further stated that as per Directorate General of Commercial
Intelligence & Statistics (DGCI&S), during April-June 2017-18,( the
first quarter of the current financial year)
52.74 MMT (Provisional) of coal was imported as compared to 57.38 MMT in
the corresponding period of 2016-17 showing a decline of 8.1 per cent.
The Minister added the gap between demand and supply of coal cannot be
bridged completely as there is insufficient domestic availability of coking
coal and power plants designed on imported coal will continue to import coal
for their production.