The Central government on August 4 said that there is sufficient coal available at thermal power plants to run them for an average of 11 days.
In a written reply in the Lok Sabha RK Singh, the minister of power and new and renewable energy, said that as of July 27, 29.5 million tonne of coal stock available was available at thermal power plants across India.
"The coal stock available with the thermal power plants monitored on a daily basis by CEA was about 29.5 MT, as on 27.07.2022, which was about 52% of the normative coal stock required to be maintained by the thermal power plants," Singh said in his response.
He added that between April and June, the Indian Railways had deployed 434 rakes per day to transport coal across India. The 434 rakes used by the Indian Railways was 32 percent more when compared to the corresponding period of 2021-22.
Similarly, in July, 425 rakes were used every day to transport coal across the country, which was 41 percent more than the corresponding period in July 2021.
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The Indian Railways has been working with Coal India and power producers to ensure that there are no shortages of coal during the monsoon even if heavy rains disrupt coal production and transportation.The national transporter is targetting to dispatch around 50 million tonnes (MT) of coal to powerhouses in both July and August by using around 450 rakes per day to ensure that there is adequate coal available.