In a major achievement, the combined efforts of Coal India (CIL) and Railways
have resulted in unprecedented growth in coal off-take and improved despatch of
coal for power sector this month. As many as 250 rakes of coal were loaded on
November 14 and despatched to coal starved thermal plants in southern India.
Most of the thermal plants in the south are surviving on hand to mouth
existence ever since south west monsoon flooded the coal mines in eastern
Strengthening coal production and transportation effectively, Coal India
loaded 250 rakes of goods train through Indian Railways system on 14 November
an all time high achievement for the current month. Out of these rakes, 223
rakes were exclusively loaded for thermal power stations across the country.
The achievement has been in spite of the continuation of sporadic rains in
some of the coalfields. Normally, loading at such levels is attained from late
December when the onset of favourable environment helps in ramping up coal
CIL and Railways are now jointly working on a strategy to enhance loading
target to 266 coal rakes per-day which will further help both power and
non-power sector in meeting their demands for coal.
The growth in coal despatch to power sector in August, September and
October of the current Fiscal has been 20 per cent 18 per cent as compared to
the same period in the previous fiscal year. This has helped coal based power
plants in meeting the spurt in demand of festive and paddy season, despite the
drop in generation from hydro, nuclear as well as imported coal based plants.
CIL is poised to contribute load of 300 rakes through Indian Railways which
includes about 35 rakes for coal beneficiation and coal lifted through road for
loading from Goods Shed sidings of Indian Railways.