As power plants face coal shortages, Coal Minister Piyush Goyal has asked Railways to increase coal loading to up to 500 rakes per day to meet power demand in summer, official sources said.
In a meeting last week, the minister took review of the coal stock at various power plants and coal loading by Indian railways.
“It was noted that more than 50 power plants had coal stocks less than the stipulated level,” official sources told PTI.
It was decided that coal loading would be stepped up to 500 rakes per day from present 464 rakes per day to ensure power supplies are not impacted due to fuel shortage at the plants, the sources said.
Moreover, officials of coal ministry would be deputed to coal companies in order to ensure higher transportation of coal to the siding and faster loading of rakes.
As per industry sources, coal supplies have not improved since last monsoon when some of the power plants had faced acute coal shortage. Read More…
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