Agency, New Delhi
Published by: Dev Kashyap
Updated Thu, 14 Oct 2021 02:21 AM IST
Coal Minister Prahlad Joshi tweeted that I am happy to share that more than 2 million tonnes of coal has been delivered to power stations from all sources on Tuesday. We are increasing the supply of coal to ensure adequate stock of coal in power plants.
Union Minister of Coal, Prahlad Joshi
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Joshi tweeted, I am happy to share that over 2 million tonnes of coal has been delivered to power stations on Tuesday from all sources. We are increasing the supply of coal to ensure adequate stock of coal in power plants.
A Coal India official said that the supply of coal to power stations has already crossed 16.2 lakh tonnes during the last two days. At the same time, a total of 18.8 lakh tonnes of coal has been lifted, against its monthly average of 17.5 lakh tonnes. Apart from this, Coal India has also increased its production to 1.6 million tonnes in the last two days. The company said, its production will increase after Dussehra, as the workers will return to work after the holidays at that time.
The central government had held the states responsible
Earlier, taking a U-turn on Tuesday, the central government had blamed some states behind the current crisis. The Union Coal Minister said that we had already asked the states to increase the stock of coal, but then we were not listened to. He said that some states had even asked to stop the supply. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Tuesday reviewed the status of coal supply and power generation.
Union Coal Minister Prahlad Joshi had said on Tuesday that we supplied 19.40 lakh tonnes of coal on Monday, this is the highest ever supply of domestic coal. As far as the states are concerned, by June this year we had requested them to increase the stock of coal, some even started saying ‘Please do a favor, don’t send coal now’.
According to a report by news agency ANI, Joshi had said that there was a shortage of coal due to rain, due to which the international prices increased from Rs 60 per tonne to Rs 190. Due to this, the imported coal power plants were closed for 15-20 days or are producing very little, he said. This has put pressure on domestic coal.