India’s coal import increased substantially by 35 per cent to 21.1 million tonnes (MT) in September, as against 15.61 million tonnes in the corresponding month previous fiscal. The rise in imports comes at a time when the captive power plants in the country are grappling with the issue of coal shortages.
“The increase in coal and coke imports in September is mainly due to higher imports of non-coking coal during the month under review,” according to mjunction services, a joint venture between Tata Steel and SAIL.
There was, however, a marginal drop in coking coal imports on a month-on-month basis, it said.
Overall, coal and coke imports during the first half of the current fiscal increased by 13.9 per cent to 119.42 MT, compared to 104.81 MT in the April-September period of previous fiscal, mjunction added. Read more
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