New Delhi, PTI. The government has asked state-owned Coal India Limited (CIL) to increase the supply of coal to power producers around Durga Puja to 1.55-1.6 million tonnes (MT) per day and to 1.7 MT per day after October 20. A source has given this information. This development has come at a time when the country’s power plants are facing a shortage of coal and on the other hand the festive season has already started.

A source aware of the development informed, “Yesterday (on Monday) a meeting was held in Delhi and Coal India was asked to supply 1.55-1.6 million tonnes of coal per day around Durga Puja. After October 20, the public sector company has been asked to supply 1.7 million tonnes of coal per day.

CIL on Monday supplied 1.615 million tonnes of coal to the power sector.

Coal produces 69 percent of the total electricity generated in India and Coal India Limited plays an important role in this. According to a recent company report, about 80 per cent of CIL’s total supply is supplied to the power sector. The source said that the power plants are getting the quantity of coal required for production, but the stock is not being created as it is not being replenished. .

“They (power plants) did not replenish their stock. Many of them took this risk. So, they are paying for it now.”

He said that at the end of the financial year 2020-21, Coal India Limited (CIL) had a fuel stock of 100 million tonnes.

Edited By: Ankit Kumar