Policy for surplus coal availability for power plants in works

The government is working on a policy to ensure power plants have surplus availability of coal, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said on Thursday. To a query on whether the government proposes to formulate a policy to ensure surplus availability of coal for power plants, Goyal replied in the affirmative.

“A policy for allocation of coal to the power sector is under formulation,” Goyal, who holds coal and power portfolio, said in a written response to the query in the Lok Sabha.

Speaking of the declining trend in coal import, the minister said that in April-January of 2016-17, import of the fossil fuel fell 2.59 per cent compared to a year ago.

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