A sudden rise in electricity demand in the wake of inadequate coal supply is precariously pushing power plants towards outages.
State-owned miner Coal India has assured coal availability to power industry body ICPPA, whose members include firms from steel and aluminium segment, as they are heavily dependent on the dry fuel.
The power ministry has asked the coal ministry to issue directions to Coal India Ltd to start coal supply to the winners of coal contracts auctions without waiting for approval from the power regulator Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC).
The coal ministry has drafted a coal supply augmentation plan to supply 730,000 tonne of fuel on a priority basis to multiple states in a bid to tackle shortages at thermal power plants.
“We plan to draw up a regional power demand map and ready ourselves to supply coal even at a day’s notice.