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Coal exports: Low quality, rising power consumption may be major hurdles

Back to the issue of exports, India would need to mine surplus coal beyond its domestic needs

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Shreya JaiAnoushka Sawhney New Delhi
The Union coal minister recently said India will have so much coal that the country will export it soon. Backing his statement, the secretary, ministry of coal, said domestic coal production will touch 1.5 billion tonnes (BT) and since it will be in surplus it can be exported.

As appealing as the idea sounds, especially at a time when the Centre has opened all the gates for private investment in coal mining, there are caveats before India becomes a coal exporter. The primary and major one is the country’s current “net coal importer” status.

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First Published: Apr 20 2023 | 5:58 PM IST

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