The supply of coal from Coal India to the power sector for a 10 month period ending on January 31st, as compared to the same period for last year, was up 6.8 per cent at 371.8 million tonnes. A senior company official said, “to the non-power sector in the April-January period of the current fiscal, Coal India supplied 103.1 million tonnes of coal registering a growth of 8.8 per cent over the corresponding period last year.”
Although CIL was unable to meet its targeted coal production by 29.2 million tonnes, officials remain confident that the state-owned miner has the potential to increase its coal production and surpass previous month predictions.
Officials further added that various steps had been taken to increase the off-take of coal. Sustained efforts in this regard have led to an all time high rake loading of 300 rakes a day consistently in the last fortnight of January.
To boost supply to thermal power stations, a strategic decision was taken to ensure coal supply from pit head to power stations located within 50 km by road, the officials added.