Coal and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday said the government is working to ensure that no power plant is shut on account of fuel shortages.“As the demand (for coal) is growing very rapidly in the last eight or nine months the so-called feeling of shortages has crept in. But the coal ministry and the Railways Ministry are working together to ensure that at no point of time anybody losing the ability to generate power for lack of availability of coal,” Goyal said.
Goyal said that state-owned Coal India has ramped up its production capacity so that in future, the entire demand is met through domestic supply and power plants won’t have to import the fuel. He added that as on March 31, 2017, there was about 68 or 69 million tonnes of stock of the fuel and now they are meeting the demand through ‘enhanced production and dispatch’. Read More