The union minister of power and new and renewable energy has written to states that state gencos should be asked to take immediate steps to import coal for blending in order to meet their requirement during monsoon season
Further, the minister, in separate letters to Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and West Bengal, has expressed concern that the tender process for coal import has either not started or not completed in these states. The minister has asked that state gencos may lift entire quantity of coal offered under road-cum-rail (RCR) mode expeditiously to build coal stock.In case of failure on either account, it would not be possible to give additional domestic coal to make up the shortfall. Also, if RCR allocation is not lifted, it will be allocated to other needy state gencos and if present state of affairs continues it may lead to shortage of coal in states during monsoon adversely affecting the power supply situation in the states. The Ministry of Power had earlier advised state gencos to import 10per cent of coal requirement for blending purposes. States were advised to place order by May 31, 2022such that delivery of 50per cent quantity is ensured by June 30, 2022, 40per cent by August 31, 2022 and remaining 10per cent by October 31, 2022.