Why India must set its thermal power capacity utilization back on track

Why India must set its thermal power capacity utilization back on track

The capacity utilization of thermal power plants has been in the red for the last several years. From a peak of 79 per cent in 2007-08, it fell to 75 per cent in 2010-11 due to the twin reasons of faster capacity addition and stressed coal availability. It now stands at less than 60 per cent despite availability of coal.

We will allow free-market pricing under commercial coal mining: Coal Secy Susheel Kumar

We will allow free-market pricing under commercial coal mining: Coal Secy Susheel Kumar

The Modi government is preparing to launch commercial coal mining in India for the first time in over four decades. For the mines to be auctioned, pricing will be left to the companies, Coal Secretary Susheel Kumar tells Debapriya Mondal in an exclusive interview. Edited excerpts..