‘There won’t be a coal shortage,’ assures minister amid growing concerns

The country's power plants have been grappling with coal shortages in the country at a time when the festival season has already begun.

The Centre on Tuesday acknowledged that there was a ‘coal shortage’ due to rains, causing an increase in international prices.

However, the coal minister assured that there won’t be any ‘shortage.’ In this regard, the government has also asked the states to increase the stock, Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi said.

The country’s power plants have been grappling with coal shortages in the country at a time when the festival season has already begun.

Meanwhile, the government has asked state-owned Coal India Ltd (CIL) to augment the coal supply to power producers to 1.55-1.6 million tonnes (MT) per day around the Durga Puja period, and to further scale it to 1.7 MT per day after October 20, according to a source.

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