Coal stocks at power plants peaked to 34.25 million tonnes on January 26, equivalent to 19 days’ consumption, and up by 77% as against 19.36 million tonnes, equivalent to 12 days’ consumption at the same time last year.
“Thrust has been also given to augment coal supplies to non-power sector by holding regular auction for coal linkages where the consumers have been given the flexibility to choose nearest mine, quality including grade and size. To facilitate easy availability of coal to all the sectors, coal companies are also offering increased coal under spot and exclusive e-auction.” Coal minister Pralhad Joshi said in a reply in the Rajya Sabha.
The minister informed that various steps have been taken to ensure the easy and adequate availability of coal to every coal dependent industries including the power sector.
Power houses in close vicinity of the coalfields were offered coal for enhanced lifting through captive mode like belt piped conveyor, merry-goRound (MGR) and road modes. For augmenting supplies, power houses were advised to move coal through goods sheds by road-cum-rail mode.
Efforts were made to enhance supplies through captive modes of transport like MGR, conveyor belts and ropeways. Supplies of coal to power houses through all modes were prioritized.