Coal supply in power plants to improve

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Kolkata, Sep 9 (IANS) In view of current coal shortage in the power plants, the Union Railways and Coal minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday said the supply of the fossil fuel would improve over the next 15-20 days.

“Today, I have a review meeting with Coal India and Railways. There will be a sea change in situation in the next 15-20 days,” he said about critical situation of coal stock of some thermal power plants.

However, he blamed the state governments and power plants for the critical stock position.

“For the last four months, we had asked all the state governments to stock up coal. They are suppose to keep coal for 22-35 days but the plants have brought it down to 12-13 days, and now they are paying price,” Goyal said on the sidelines of a IIM -Calcutta programme.

He said demand for coal in monsoon usually increases and transportation becomes challenge in monsoon. There were floods in Bihar West Bengal, Jharkhand which are coal producing states.

–IANS

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