The coal ministry dismissed reports of a coal shortage in the thermal power sector and said that supply to the power sector was up by 21 million tonnes during the April-August period this year.
“Despatch of coal from Coal India Limited (CIL) to the power sector during April to August 2018 increased to 186.92 million tonnes (MT) registering a growth of 13 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) basis,” said a coal ministry official.
The official added that despite the mining industry facing a tepid market situation, coal mining and supply by Coal India to the power sector was at an optimum level.
“CIL despatched over 21 MT more to power sector during the current year and the mines are still holding a stock of over 26 MT. There is no shortage of coal with CIL and the supplies shall have further boost as monsoon recede and production picks up,” said the official. Read More