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Tamil Nadu seeks imported coal as stock situation turns critical

Tamil Nadu has urged the Coal and Railways Ministry to take steps to provide imported coal due to the critical stock situation in the state.

Citing less realization from coal firms that supplied to the state, State Electricity Minister P Thangamani in a letter addressed to the Coal and Rly Minister Piyush Goyal sought the Minister to instruct Coal India Ltd and Railway authorities concerned to supply 15 rakes of coal on daily basis to tide over the critical coal stock situation.

"The current average coal stock at TANGEDCO's thermal power station is only 3.3 days requirement against normal level of 30 days," Thangamani said.

To avoid power outages, Thangamani has advised the state electricity board to approach central public sector agencies for urgent supply of imported coal. He also pointed out the letter by Chief Minister K Palaniswami last month asking the ministry to advise the Coal and Railway authorities to allocate around 72,000 tons of coal by allotting 20 rakes per day to ‘manage present critical coal and power situation.’

Noting that the major supply for TANGEDCO was from Mahanadi Coal Fields Ltd (MCL), Talcher unit, he said, the realisation was about 50 per cent of linkage and realisation from other coal companies was also less due to "seasonal rain and railway congestion."

Referring to the MoU with Singareni Collieries Company Ltd for supply of one million tons of coal through rail to Mettur Thermal Power Station, he alleged that for the past couple of months, SCCL has not supplied any coal.

"In the above scenario, TANGEDCO may not be in a position to meet the grid demand of the state," he said.

Meanwhile, deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam along with Thangamani met Goyal in New Delhi today and formally sought his intervention in the matter.


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