Thermal coal imports soar 18% to 56 million tonnes during April-October

Thermal coal imports surged 18% at the country’s top 12 major ports to 55.90 million tonnes (MT) in the first seven months of the current fiscal amid government efforts to boost domestic output, led by state-owned Coal India Ltd.

These ports had handled 47.23 MT of coal during the April-October period of the last fiscal, 2014-15.

Thermal coal is the mainstay of India’s energy programme as 70% of power generation is dependent on the dry fuel, while Coal Minister Piyush Goyal has been emphasising the need to increase the production by state-run Coal India.

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