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Coal supplies to thermal plants touch over 14 million tons

Thermal power stations which were running on hand to mouth basis due to dwindling coal stocks last year have coal stocks to the extent of 14.68 million tons of fuel as on February four Parliament was informed last week,

In a written answer to the Rajya Sabha Coal and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said  the coordinated efforts of  Coal Ministry, Coal India Ltd., and Railways have ensured stepping up supplies to Power Sector and averted power crisis situation in the country,

Coal supplies to Power Sector from CIL grew by 20 per cent, 19 per cent, 17 per cent, 9 per cent and 3 per cent during the months of August, 2017, September, 2017, October, 2017, November 2017 & December 2017 respectively as compared to the supplies during the same months of the previous year.

In addition to the monitoring mechanism available at coal companies, coal supplies to Power Utility sector is monitored regularly by an inter-Ministerial Sub-Group comprising representatives of Ministry of Power, Ministry of Coal and Ministry of Railways constituted by the Infrastructure Review Committee of Cabinet Secretariat.

This Sub-Group takes various operational decisions for meeting any contingent situations relating to coal supplies to Power sector including critical coal stock position for power plants. Moreover, the situation is also monitored jointly by Secretary (Coal), Secretary (Power) and Member Traffic, Railway Board in regular reviews. Due to the above efforts, coal stock at power Stations has reached to 14.68 Million tones as on February four.

Coal India Limited (CIL) and Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) make all efforts to meet the requirements of Power Sector in the Country. The Production and dispatch plan is also prepared keeping the same in view.

This information was given by the Minister of Railways and Coal PiyushGoyal in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha last week.


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