The central government is planning to increase the coal stock at power plants to 40 million tonne (mt) during the monsoon season.
During July-September, daily demand will come down to 2.1 mt because the temperature will drop. At the same time, domestic coal supply will also come down as coal production falls. So, the gap will be increasing, hence, a coal import buffer of around 40 mt has been planned. Currently, there are reserves of around 22.9 mt at the power plants. On April 1, 2022, the reserve stock at power plants was at 24 mt. On April 30, 2022, it came down to 19 mt and on May 15, 2022, it came down to 15 mt. However, because of coal imports, it has gone up to about 22.9 mt again.