The shortage of domestic coal in the face of high demand from its thermal power plants has forced the State government to import it since October last year.
Though it had decided against the decision earlier, the domestic markets had not been able to meet the requirement. It was then decided to import coal, according to the policy note of Energy Department tabled in the Assembly on Thursday.
During May 2016, the Centre wanted to assess replacement of coal imports jointly with Union Ministries of Coal, Power, Railways and Power Utilities and Based on the advice from the Centre, Coal India Limited (CIL) requested the State to stop importing coal and substitute it with indigenous coal available from CIL sources, according to the policy note of Energy Department tabled in the Assembly on Thursday. Read More