Coal Minister Piyush Goyal today said his ministry is taking urgent steps to ensure coal supplies to power stations stabilise by month end or early October.
He was speaking at the annual convention of Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) in Mumbai.
Goyal’s assurance came after IACC President N Srinivasan flagged the issue of the depleting stock of coal at power stations.
“Instead of buffer stock of 30-40 days, most of the power stations are having stock for 2-3 days,” a statement quoted Srinivasan as saying.
While promising that coal supply will be ramped up soon, Goyal said the ministry was regularising production for the last 18 months as power plants were not lifting the fuel because of its easier availability owing to all-time high record production.
He said the coal secretary had written to chief secretaries of all states urging them to impress upon power stations to start stocking coal but the plea fell on deaf ears. Read More…