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Coal shortage in power plants to improve in 15-20 days: Piyush Goyal

About a dozen power plants were in critical situation till recently

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Union Minister for Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal. PTI Photo
Union Minister for Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal. PTI Photo

The Union Railways and Coal minister on Saturday blamed the state governments and for the critical condition in some thermal for want of coal.

"Every year demand for coal increases during monsoon and transportation becomes a challenge due to floods in mine areas. For the last four months, we had asked all the state governments to stock coal for 22-35 days but the plants have brought it down to 12-13 days," Goyal said at IIM-Calcutta.

About a dozen were in critical situation till recently.

Following floods at a number of coal pits power generation units started asking for the coal that they did not lift earlier. The situation was compounded as tracks and roads were submerged, he said adding Railway's decision to shut down the Chandrapura-Dhanbad line has affected coal supplies to many

Goyal said he held a meeting between Railways and Coal India Ltd over coal crisis in the during the day and hoped to see change in the situation over the next 15-20 days.

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First Published: Sat, September 09 2017. 20:28 IST