TN seeks imported coal as stock situation turns critical

Tamil Nadu today urged the Coal and Railways Ministry to take steps to provide imported coal due to the critical stock situation in the state.

In a letter addressed to the Coal and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, State Electricity Minister P Thangamani said there was less realisation from coal firms that supplied to the state.

Thangamani requested Goyal to instruct Coal India Ltd and Railway authorities concerned to supply 15 rakes of coal on daily basis to manage the critical coal stock situation.

Due to less realisation from coal companies, out of the 210 MW units, 6-7 units of Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation have been shut down, he said.

“The current average coal stock at TANGEDCO’s thermal power station is only 3.3 days requirement against normal level of 30 days,” Thangamani said.

Thangamani said he has advised the state electricity board to approach central public sector agencies for urgent supply of imported coal so that power outages were avoided.

The minister sought Goyal’s immediate intervention in the matter and to instruct Coal India and Railway authorities for coal supply.


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