Govt asks states to cut costly coal imports and use domestic coal by Coal India for power generation

Govt asks states to cut costly coal imports and use domestic coal by Coal India for power generation

Coal secretary, Anil Swarup on Thursday appealed to states to stop importing coal for the purpose of power generation and to rely on the coal supplied by Coal India.

All states should immediately consider stopping coal import as Coal India will offer good quality coal to states. “A strategy could be worked out to completely eliminate import of coal for power generation,” he said at the inauguration of the two day States’ Power Minister’s Conference at Cansaulim, South Goa.

He also said that from a shortage situation sometime back, his ministry is now facing a situation, where they have coal but there are not many takers for the 550 MT coal stock. He appealed to the generating companies in the states to stop importing coal.  “Coal India Ltd has set up processes for auction of coal to public and private entities and a dispute resolution mechanism has also been set up in his Ministry wherein disputes between states can also be resolved,” Swarup said.

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