“This month should give us a buffer to prepare ourselves. The three ministries are in regular discussion to prepare a plan for robust coal supply to power sector when the demand increases December onwards,” said a senior official in the ministry of power. As in summers, power demand in winter months also peaks due to the requirement for heating and agricultural purposes.
At the same time, railway officials said the coal demand from the power sector had considerably declined over the past two months. “While the demand suddenly increased by 18 per cent in the month of August, it gradually declined by 2.9 per cent and even further in September and October,” a Railway official stated. Out of the total 1,050 rakes, around 400 goes to the coal sector, while the rest is shared between key sectors including iron ore, cement and fertilisers. Read More…
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