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.
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.
current average coal stock at TANGEDCO's thermal power station is only 3.3 days requirement against
normal level of 30 days," Thangamani said.
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
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
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.
the above scenario, TANGEDCO may not be in a position to meet the grid demand
of the state," he said.
deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam along with Thangamani met Goyal in New
Delhi today and formally sought his intervention in the matter.