New Delhi. The coal reserves in the country’s thermal power plants are improving. According to government data, the number of power projects located away from coal mines having coal reserves of less than four days (supercritical stock) has come down to 58 on Monday. A week ago, the number of such power plants was 69. That is, the coal stock of 11 plants has increased during this period. According to the latest data on coal reserves of the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), the number of projects with coal reserves of less than four days came down to 58 on October 18. The number of projects with less than four days of stock as on October 11 was 69. The data shows that on Sunday, October 17, the number of such power plants stood at 61. These data suggest that the coal supply position to power plants is improving. CEA monitors the status of coal reserves at 135 thermal power plants. These plants have a combined generation capacity of 1,65,000 MW.
Today, Coal Minister Prahlad Joshi with Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav and Power Minister RK Singh discussed measures to improve fuel stock in thermal power stations. The meeting took place amid shortage of coal in thermal power plants. Joshi wrote on Twitter, “Had an online meeting with Minister Ashwini Vaishnav ji and Raj Kumar Singh ji. The meeting was attended by officers of the Ministry of Coal, Chairman and Managing Directors of coal companies and other officers. Asked to supply at least 34 rakes of coal.” Joshi wrote, “Reviewed the functioning of NCL Singrauli with CMD today. Directed NCL to increase production and load at least 34 rakes per day. After this, I will visit the coal mines of NCL and interact with the employees and motivate them to increase coal production and supply.
In early October, there was a possibility of a power crisis due to the shortage of coal in the country. At one time, the stock of coal in more than half of the country’s power stations had fallen to a critical condition. Several plants based on imported coal had come to a standstill. At the same time, the burden on domestic coal based power plants increased by 30 percent. However, the government misinterpreted the shortage of coal and said that the problem has arisen due to the impact on supply due to rains and non-preparation of stocks on time by the states.