Coal Minister Prahlad Joshi also accepts the power crisis coming due to shortage of coal across the country. The Union Minister, who reached Chhattisgarh, said that there has been a shortage of coal, but the situation is improving now. The amount of coal required for power supply is being given. However, he also made it clear that he is not talking about 20-40 days stock. The Union Minister had reached Korba to inspect the coal mines.
The Union Minister said that there has been a tremendous increase in demand post Kovid. Till now we were giving 1.9 million tonnes of coal per day to the power plant, but on Wednesday 2.08 million tonnes was given. Told that the officers have been told that according to the target set for the power plant, they should give coal every day. Said, there will be no stock of 20-40 days in the power plant, but will not allow shortage as per the requirement.
30% cut in coal imports, but domestic production increased by 20%
Union Coal Minister Joshi said that due to increase in the price in the international market, the quantity of imported coal has come down by 30 percent. He also said that Coal India has increased its production by 20 per cent. One reason for the shortfall in coal is also the prolonged monsoon. The recovery of our economy after Kovid has been very good. Due to this the demand for electricity suddenly increased. There was a shortage of coal at this peak condition.
8 hours mine inspection and officers’ meeting in Korba
Union Minister Prahlad Joshi inspected the mines in Korba for about 8 hours. Also took a meeting of officers. He told that the officers of SECL have been asked for compensation. Those who are entitled to it and have stayed on our behalf, it should be completed immediately. If you want to give job to the family, then remove that problem immediately. In many cases, there is delay on the part of the family members. For this, the Collector and the SP have been instructed to intervene and resolve it.
In Chhattisgarh, 20% of the country’s requirement of coal production
Chhattisgarh provides 20 percent of the coal requirement of the entire country. Coal India’s subsidiary South-Eastern Coal Fields Limited (SECL) has 41 mines here. Out of this, the number of open cast mines is more. It produces 150 lakh metric tonnes of coal annually. SECL extracts 130 lakh metric tonnes of coal from the mines of Korba district itself. According to officials, by law, power companies have to keep coal stock equal to 24 days of usage.