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Govt pushes states, gencos to import coal before monsoon to offset shortage

The power ministry has directed all gencos to ensure adequate stocks at their power plants for smooth operation until October 2022

Union power minister R K Singh has blamed the steep rise in the prices of imported coal on the Russia-Ukraine war.

In a letter by R K Singh, union minister for power to the state governments, he said they should urge their state gencos to take immediate steps to import coal for blending in order to meet their requirement during monsoon season.

Shreya Jai New Delhi
The union ministry of coal, while acknowledging that domestic coal stock is not enough to meet the power demand, asked state governments and the power generating companies (gencos) to import coal before monsoon season sets in. The ministry has warned the gencos if they do not import coal for 10 per cent blending in their fuel demand by the end of this month, blending benchmark would be increased to 15 per cent.

The order pertains to all – central, state and independent power producers (IPPs)/privately owned units. It also said, if blending with domestic coal is not started by June

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First Published: May 18 2022 | 5:40 PM IST

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