Coal India Limited (CIL) on Sunday made it clear that the supply of crude fuel to the non-power sector has been reduced, but has not been completely shut down, as some constituencies have alleged. A senior CIL official said the move was being taken to meet the emergency needs of power plants as the nation faces a coal crisis.
“We are regulating the supply for the sudden jump in electricity demand from the electricity sector but have not shut it down for non-electricity users. Our daily supply is more than 2 lakh tonnes, compared to the normal supply to non-power industries for 3 lakh tonnes, “the officer told PTI.
Manufacturers in several industries have alleged that the coal crisis has had a negative impact on their production. The cement, aluminum, and iron and steel sectors are among the non-energy users of coal.
Coal India is fulfilling the target given by the government to supply electricity to the power generation, the official said, adding that there was a slight decline in the holiday season.
“Supply control to non-power users will stop when the stock level of critical power plants reaches seven days. The government is taking measures to ensure that electricity generation is not affected by least disruptions to industries, “the CIL official said.
The South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL), a subsidiary of the CIL, allegedly suspended supply to non-electricity users on a temporary basis.
In response, an official of the SECL said that the contents of a letter demanding the closure of more racks from the railway were misinterpreted by a section of the media.
“Supply is regulated to give priority to the power sector and there is a need for a railroad rack to carry coal there. Encourages non-power sector users to get through the coal road, “said the SECL officer.
Subsidiaries cannot decide whether to regulate supply users.
Coal auction was stopped to tackle the crisis.
The average daily coal consumption in the month of October was 1.73 million tonnes. As of Saturday, Saturday, the total tech was 27.75 million tonnes.
Union Coal Minister Prahlad Joshi said on Tuesday that the government was making every effort to meet the electricity needs of the coal producers, and stressed that steps were being taken to supply dry fuel supply to 2 million daily. Three, the current total. 1.95 million tonnes of shipments.
The shortage of coal – which accounts for about 70 percent of India’s energy mix – has forced a power cut earlier this month in several states.
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