Coal India Limited fuel allocation under the exclusive e-auction scheme for the non-power sector rose almost six-folds to 13.44 million tonnes (mt) in April-September this fiscal.
CIL had allocated 2.31 mt of dry fuel to the sector under the scheme in the corresponding period of the previous fiscal. During 2019-20, the PSU’s coal allocation under the scheme dropped to 8.03 mt from 11.36 mt during 2018-19. In a bid to push the demand for dry fuel, the central government had earlier asked generating companies, including NTPC, Tata Power, Reliance Power, to reduce the import of dry fuel for blending purposes and replace it with domestic coal. CIL accounts for over 80 per cent of domestic coal output.