Government to revise coal stock rules to address fuel shortage faced by TPPs

The government is planning to ease coal stock rules to allow diversion of fuel to stations having critical level of stocks to address the issue of coal shortage faced by certain thermal power plants (TPPs).

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has planned to look at the possibility of reducing the benchmark of 14 days of coal stocks to 10 days for identifying and diverting coal to plants with extremely depleted stocks. This could help in addressing the issues of several TPPs having critical level of coal supplies while others functioning with adequate or excess coal stocks. The MoP also plansto hold a separate review of power plants with captive mines to ensure maximum use of these mines by the power plants.

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