Coal supply by state-run CIL to the power sector declined by 5.3 per cent to 318.04 million tonnes (MT) in the April-December period of the ongoing fiscal. The state-owned company had supplied 335.92 MT of coal to the power sector in the corresponding period of the previous fiscal, according to official data.
In December 2020, the fuel supply by Coal India (CIL) dropped to 40.25 MT against 43.04 MT in the same month last fiscal year. The fuel supply by Singareni Collieries Company Ltd (SCCL) to the power sector in the nine-month period dropped to 26.87 MT from 39.32 MT a year ago.
In December 2020, the fuel supply by SCCL declined to 4.50 MT from 4.88 MT in the corresponding month of previous fiscal, it said. CIL is a major supplier of the dry fuel to the power sector in India.
The government had imposed nationwide lockdown in March last year to contain the spread of COVID-19. Power consumption started declining from March 2020 onwards due to fewer economic activities in the country.
The COVID-19 situation affected power consumption for six months in a row from March to August last year.