Coal production not keeping pace with power generation
Rakesh Kumar Kubde
October 29th, 2012

Coal stock at Indian power plants has plummeted alarmingly to the lowest level in many years, making the country vulnerable to a blackout even if there is a small glitch in fuel supply or transportation.

Stocks at power stations last week dipped below the level last November 5,000 mw of generation had to be shut down following heavy rains, strikes at some mines and the Telangana agitation. Coal inventory decreased to 7.5 million tonnes as on October 21, about 13% less than available stock last month and in the same period last year, official data showed.

A top official at the Central Electricity Authority said the coal stock levels depleted since country’s coal production has not kept pace with the rise in power generation capacity.

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