Govt to increase each day coal production to 2 million tonnes in next 5 days: Sources

Coal India Shortage, Power Outage
Image Source: AP Employees carry coal to load on a truck in Gauhati, India. An energy crisis is looming over India as coal stockpiles grow perilously low.

The Centre is likely to increase each day coal production from 1.94 million tonnes to 2 million tonnes in the next 5 days, the government sources stated on Tuesday. The move came amid reports of possible power interruptions in some states due to coal shortage issues.

No supply of coal was ever stopped to any state in spite of substantial charges, the government sources stated, including that the states need to pay nearly Rs 20,000 crores as fees to Coal India.

“The Centre is fulfilling all the needs required by the states. Coal stocks have actually started increasing in the last four days,” they said.

The circumstance will be normal within a month. There is no scarcity in everyday power and coal supply.

“States are not mining enough and are not choosing up stocks from Coal India in spite of pointers, likewise contributed to the current circumstance. States like Delhi and Punjab had shut main coal plants,” sources even more said.

‘There won’t be a coal lack,’ ensures minister amidst growing issues

The Centre on Tuesday acknowledged that there was a ‘coal shortage’ due to rains, triggering an increase in global rates. Nevertheless, the coal minister assured that there will not be any ‘scarcity.’ In this regard, the government has also asked the states to increase the stock, Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi said. The nation’s power plants have been facing coal scarcities in the nation at a time when the celebration season has actually already begun.

“Due to rains, there was coal scarcity, triggering a boost in global rates- from Rs 60 per ton to Rs 190 per ton. Consequently, imported coal power plants are either shut for 15-20 days or producing really less. This put pressure on domestic coal,” Joshi said, included, “Yesterday we supplied 1.94 million tons, the greatest ever supply of domestic coal … As far as states are concerned, this year till June we requested them to increase stock, some of them went on to say that “please do a favour, don’t send coal now.”

“We have actually continued our supply, even continued in the previous in spite of dues. We are requesting them (states) to increase stock … There won’t be a coal shortage, “Joshi included.

Meanwhile, the federal government has asked state-owned Coal India Ltd (CIL) to augment the coal supply to power manufacturers to 1.55-1.6 million tonnes (MT) per day around the Durga Puja duration, and to even more scale it to 1.7 MT daily after October 20, according to a source.

“The Other Day (Monday), there was a conference in Delhi and Coal India was asked to do (supply of) 1. 55-1.6 million tonnes (of coal to power sector) per day around Puja time; and after October 20, the public sector undertaking is supposed to do 1. 7 MT each day,” the source privy to the advancement stated.

State-owned CIL on Monday stated it has actually scaled up the supply of coal to power utilities throughout the nation to 1.51 million tonnes (MT) daily during the previous 4 days of the current month, and worried that it is developing appropriate evacuation logistics to transport the dry fuel.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday held a conference with Power Minister R K Singh and Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi in the middle of reports of the ongoing coal shortage in the nation, authorities said. During the hour-long conference, the 3 ministers were believed to have gone over the schedule of coal to power plants and the current power demands.

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Published at Tue, 12 Oct 2021 12:59:44 -0500