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Govt to ramp up per day coal production to 2 million tonnes in next 5 days: Sources

Prime News, National (New Delhi), Oct 13:- The Centre is likely to ramp up per day coal production from 1.94 million tonnes to 2 million tonnes in the next 5 days, the government sources said on Tuesday. The move came amid reports of possible power disruptions in some states due to coal shortage concerns.

No supply of coal was ever stopped to any state despite huge dues, the government sources said, adding that the states have to pay nearly Rs 20,000 crores as dues to Coal India.

“The Centre is fulfilling all the demands required by the states. Coal stocks have started increasing in the last four days,” they said.

The situation will be normal within a month. There is no shortage in daily power and coal supply.

“States are not mining enough and are not picking up stocks from Coal India despite reminders, also contributed to the current situation. States like Delhi and Punjab had shut main coal plants,” sources further said.

The Centre on Tuesday acknowledged that there was a ‘coal shortage’ due to rains, causing an increase in international prices. However, the coal minister assured that there won’t be any ‘shortage.’ In this regard, the government has also asked the states to increase the stock, Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi said. The country’s power plants have been grappling with coal shortages in the country at a time when the festival season has already begun.

“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 little. This put pressure on domestic coal,” Joshi said, added, “Yesterday we supplied 1.94 million tons, the highest ever supply of domestic coal… 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.” (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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