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