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Coal shortage to hit power addition plan

Coal shortage to hit power addition plan

Shortage of coal is expected to impact the country's new capacity addition plans to the tune of 15,000 MW in the current fiscal. A parliamentary panel has said that coal availability for power plants desig­ned to run on indigenous coal would be only 417.5 million tonne in the current fiscal, as against the requirement of 480 million tonne.

The Ministry of Power has stated that against the earlier indication by Coal India for supplying 360 million tonne of coal, it will now supply 319 million tonne to power sector. The Ministry has further stated that the reduction of 41 million tonne of coal by Coal India would affect the new generating capacity to the extent of 15,000 MW.

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