Having realised that the gap between requirement and supply of coal is likely to continue for many more months, the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) has decided to import an additional 3.5 million of coal.
There is no shortage of coal for power generation in the thermal power stations in the State, Electricity Minister P. Thangamani said on Wednesday.
Admitting that the government had granted a one-time exemption to import coal from private firms, the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) denied that it overpaid for the 1.10 lakh tonnes of coal imported recently.
The Aluminium Association of India (AAI) has written to the government asking it to stop prioritising coal supply to power plants. The exclusion of other industries that required coal was depriving them of the much-needed raw material essential for their functioning, the association said.
The supply of coal by State-owned CIL to the power sector in the first five months of the ongoing fiscal increased by 12.1% to 196.9 million tonnes (MT).
With the Centre despatching 16 rakes of coal to Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, the coal stock will suffice for four days, Electricity Minister P. Thangamani said.
Resentment is brewing among the junior executives of the Singareni Collieries Company limited affiliated to the Coal Mines Officers Association of India (CMOAI), over the non-implementation of pay-scales on par with the executives of ONGC.
India’s top 12 major ports reported a 19.32% surge in imports of thermal coal to 28.28 million tonnes during April-June this year, latest report from the Indian Ports Association (IPA) had said. The Centre-owned ports had handled 23.70 million tonnes (MT) of the thermal coal in the corresponding period of the previous financial year.
The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Ltd. (Tangedco) has not evolved any specific policy for importing coal, said a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on public sector undertakings for the year ended March 31, 2017.
Coal mining operations in the opencast projects at Sattupalli and Manuguru mandals in the Kothagudem region were affected due to heavy rains since Friday midnight.