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No coal shortage but Delhi should focus on improving power: Piyush Goyal

Goyal was speaking during the launch of the Coal Mine Surveillance and Management System (CMSMS) and Khan Prahari' App

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Piyush Goyal
Piyush Goyal

Ruling out any shortage at city-based thermal power plants, today said the AAP-led government should focus on strengthening distribution infrastructure to meet current demand as well as of future.

The government last week had written to the Centre that was staring at a power blackout due to fast depleting stockpiles at power plants in the city.

"Today in there is neither any problem of coal nor The should focus on strengthening distribution infrastructure to meet the demand of 6,500-7,000 mw as well as future needs," Goyal told reporters here.

Stating that coal ministry and Coal has ensured that there is no problem even for a day in Delhi, the said that coal was being made available to every plant.

"I think that as we speak around 30-35 rakes are on the way to power plants in Delhi. There is also (coal) stock in all the three plants," Goyal said.

Goyal was speaking during the launch of the Coal Mine Surveillance and Management System (CMSMS) and Khan Prahari' App.

When asked about plans to increase the number of rakes, he said, "What is now 300-400 wagons will be tripled in the next three four months. And going forward I am telling..to ramp up to 2000 (supply of wagons) every month."

In a letter to Centre, had last week said thermal generation stations Dadri I & II, Jhajjar and Badarpur had been facing an "acute coal shortage" for many days due to non-availability of rakes.

First Published: Thu, July 05 2018. 00:16 IST
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