"We expect strong demand from the sponge iron industry, amounting to about 40-50 million tonnes," Rajendra Singh, chief operating officer of coal trading at India's largest coal trader Adani Enterprises said.
The statement comes amid resistance from the trade unions operating in the coal sector against commercial coal mining.
In a review meeting on the upcoming washeries of CIL, Coal Secretary Sumanta Chaudhuri expressed "his concerns on the delay in commissioning of washeries", according to the minutes of the meeting.
The industry body pleaded that less than 250 mm sized coal should not be supplied through direct rail mode at the SECL sidings and should be allocated through washery or road mode, which are having the facilities to handle such ROM (run of mine) coal.
"Coal India Ltd has supplied 389.63 MT coal to power sector during current year (up to January 22, 2019) registering a growth of eight per cent over the same period of last year," the coal ministry said in a statement.
China approved more than 45 billion yuan's ($6.64 billion)worth of new coal mining projects last year, much more than 2017, official documents show.
Chief Secretary Y Tsering issued the order directing authorities to ensure compliance of the directions of the Supreme Court without fail, they said.
The order was passed by a bench comprising justices A K Sikri and S A Nazeer which refused the plea of miners to allow them to transport the extracted coal at various places.
Chairman and Managing Director Gurdeep Singh has urged NCL to extend its support further to the upcounty power stations of NTPC including Mauda Thermal Power Station in Maharashtra under the Flexi Utilization of Domestic Coal scheme.
India's bauxite output growth will accelerate to serve growing demand from the domestic aluminium industry, Fitch Solutions Macro Research said in its report.
Replying to a query in the Question Hour, the Minister said coal production has witnessed an increase of 7.4 percent in April-December (nine months) period of the ongoing fiscal.
Of the 85 mines already allotted, 23 have already started production and the Coal Ministry expects 20 more mines to begin production in the current financial year ending March 2019 or early in the next fiscal.
In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Coal Minister Piyush Goyal said that "there is no shortage of coal for the power plants of the country".
The minister also claimed that none of the thermal power plants have reported any loss of generation due to coal supply shortage.
"The value of India's coal imports have risen by 38.2 percent to Rs 1,38,477 crore in 2017-18. However, the quantity of coal imports has increased only by 9.1 percent from 190.95 MT to 208.27 MT," Coal and Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
Prosecutors said in a statement that the four people and their five entities were charged with violating a law requiring government approval to bring in North Korean products.
Coal imports in November increased 10.1 percent to 19.47 MT, over 17.68 MT in the same period a year ago.
Acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a proposal to dismantle a 2015 rule that any new coal power plants include cutting-edge techniques to capture the carbon dioxide from their smokestacks.
"ICRA has given a stable outlook for the port sector, in its year-end assessment. The prospects for the Indian port sector players in the medium term are expected to be favourable, supported by continuing healthy growth in cargo of major volume drivers - Coal, Crude and Containers," the rating agency said in a statement.
Despite efforts to tackle global warming, worldwide demand for coal was up one percent last year, mainly due to demand in Asia.
While this is not the first time a state will buy all the power produced by the central utility, normally, a state gets 15 percent of power allocated to it while it can buy more under a power purchase agreement.
Coal imports by the world's top consumer of the material used for power generation, heating and steelmaking rose in the first 10 months of 2018 to 252 million tonnes, up 11 percent from a year ago and not far below last year's total of 279 million tonnes, according to official data.
The Paris-based IEA said in its World Energy Outlook 2018 that energy demand would grow by more than a quarter between 2017 and 2040 assuming more efficient use of energy - but would rise by twice that much without such improvements.
However, there was a 6.8 percent drop in coal and coke imports in October as compared to 19.77 MT imported during the same month last financial year.
Imports jumped 35 percent to 42.7 million tonnes during the three months ended Sept. 30, according to data from American Fuels & Natural Resources, a Dubai-based trader of coal from the United States which tracks coal shipments around the region.