Ministry of Power vide press release dated 6 April, 2023 has clarified steps taken to remove logistical constraints in coal supply chain and ensure availability of coal in Power Plants. Following steps have been taken by the Government to deal with logistical constraints in the coal supply chain:
- An Inter-Ministerial Sub Group comprising of representatives from Ministries of Power, Ministry of Coal, Ministry of Railways, Central Electricity Authority (CEA), Coal India Limited (CIL) and Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) meet regularly to take various operational decisions to enhance supply of coal to thermal power plants as well as for meeting any contingent situations relating to Power Sector including to alleviate critical coal stock position in power plants.
- A Secretary level Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC) meet regularly to ensure that the medium and long term requirements of coal are met. The IMC comprises of Chairman, Railway Board, Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Secretary, Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change as Members and Secretary, Ministry of Power as Convener.
- In year 2022, for augmentation of Railway Wagons, contracts for 84,178 new wagons have been issued, against which supplies have commenced and are likely to be completed in next 3 years time. The wagon contracts issued in year 2022 are comprising of supply of 39,763 BOXNHL wagons and 3500 BOBRN wagons for augmenting coal loadings and also for supply of 40,000 BCNA wagons for augmenting transportation of agri commodities.
- In addition to above, to facilitate coal movement, Railway focus is on completion of capacity augmentation projects. During Financial Year 2021-22, 1984 Km multi- tracking has been commissioned and in this FY, till date, 1574 Km multi-tracking has been commissioned.
- The coal based power plants in consultation with Ministry of Railways and Coal Companies plan lifting of coal from the mines/ private washeries/ goods sheds.
- Ministry of Power vide letter dated 9.1.2023 has directed Central, State Gencos and IPPs to take necessary action and plan to import coal through a transparent competitive procurement for blending at the rate of 6% by weight so as to have coal stocks at their power plants for smooth operations till September, 2023.