Slow pace of reforms spurring higher coal imports by Indian utilities


Slow pace of reforms spurring higher coal imports by Indian utilities

Coal imports by Indian utilities are surging after the government failed to open the industry to competition, despite passing a liberalization policy 16 months ago, because of bureaucratic indecision and resistance from unions, industry and government officials said.

Utilities in India, which holds the world’s fifth-largest reserves of the fuel, imported over 40% more coal during January to April compared with a year ago, data from the Central Electricity Authority showed.

The country’s cabinet has approved policies opening coal mining to private miners and partially removing restrictions on the sale of coal produced at so-called captive mines but the reforms have not been implemented.

The government delays stem from bureaucratic disputes on how to implement the liberalization policies, such as the formulas for bidding on the blocks Read More

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