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NEW DELHI: Union coal minister Prahlad Joshi on Tuesday said there has been no let-up in coal supply across India and assured there won’t be any shortage amid concerns over power blackouts.
Joshi’s statement assumes significance in the wake of the country’s power plants grappling with coal shortages at a time when the festival season has already begun. Several states, including Delhi, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, have red-flagged the issue and warned of power blackouts in the coming days.

“We have continued our supply, even continued in the past despite dues. We are requesting them (states) to increase stock … There won’t be a coal shortage,” Joshi told news agency ANI.
He said the shortage of fossil fuel was triggered due to rains causing an increase in its international prices.
“Due to rains, there was coal shortage causing an increase in international prices from Rs 60 per ton to Rs 190 per ton. Subsequently, imported coal power plants are either shut for 15-20 days or producing very less. This put pressure on domestic coal,” he said.
The minister, however, assured that adequate supply has been maintained to ensure there is no shortage of coal in the country.

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He said that on Monday, 1.94 million tons of domestic coal was supplied – the highest ever
“As far as states are concerned, this year till June, we requested them to increase stock, some of them went on to say that ‘please do a favour, don’t send coal now,'” he said.
Joshi had earlier denied allegations of power failure due to a shortage of coal.
Utilise unallocated power from central plants, states told
Earlier today, the power ministry asked states to utilise unallocated power of the central generating stations (CGS) to meet the requirements of their own consumers amid the ongoing coal shortage crisis in the country.

“It has been brought to the notice of the ministry of power that some states are not supplying power to their consumers and imposing load shedding. At the same time, they are also selling power in the power exchange at high price,” a power ministry statement said.
As per the guidelines for allocation of power, 15 per cent power from CGS is kept as “unallocated power” which is allocated by the central government to needy states to meet the requirement of power of the consumers.
CIL scales up supply
On Monday, Coal India Limited (CIL) had said it has scaled up the supply of coal to power utilities across the country to 1.51 million tonnes (MT) per day during the past four days of the current month.
It stressed that it is building up adequate evacuation logistics to transport the dry fuel.
The average supply to coal-fired power plants during October so far has been 1.43 MT per day, which has now been augmented to 1.51 MT in the past four days.
CIL had added that it is marshalling all its efforts to bridge the demand-supply gap to the extent possible. With 40 million tonnes stock at its pitheads and increasing, the availability of coal will not be a problem.
CIL accounts for over 80 per cent of the domestic coal output.
(With inputs from agencies)



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