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Centre asks coal plants near pitheads to move coal by road to free wagons for RLY movement to distant plants

Alarmed at the hand to mouth existence of Coal by several thermal plants in Southern India, the centre has directed the thermal units situated in the 60 kilometer radius from the mine pit heads to move coal by road and free railway wagons for long route despatches.

Amidst reports that thermal plants in the country are running on hand to mouth existence, a high level meeting was held on September 20 to review the coal supply position. It was chaired by Secretary Coal Ministry and attended by top officials of Power Ministry, Chairman Central Electricity Authority and Senior officials of Ministry of Coal, Railways and Central Electricity Authority.

A video conference arrangement was made with Principal Secretary Energy from Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Chairman of State Gencos of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, CMD National Thermal Power Corporation and Damodar Valley Corporation to understand the precarious coal supply position in the country.

The interaction resulted in a decision that power plants located within a 60 kilometer range of the mine pit heads shall augment their coal supplies by lifting coal through Road or Merry go round system in an effort to release more railway rakes for long route despatches.

The meeting estimated that about 30 to 35 railway rakes of additional coal could be supplied to distant power plants through this exercise.

Chairman of Coal India mentioned that coal supply to the distant power plants is expected to increase as result of this exercise. The high level meeting however decided to the review the situation after a few days. He said the Coal India has already stepped up supplies to the power sector.


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