On Tuesday, coal minister Pralhad Joshi met with railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and electricity minister R K Singh to examine methods to boost coal stocks at thermal power plants.
The discussion takes place amid a backdrop of coal shortages at power facilities.
“Ministers @AshwiniVaishnaw ji and @RajKSinghIndia ji, as well as officers from the @CoalMinistry, CMDs, and executives from coal corporations, met virtually. We talked about increasing coal supply at thermal power plants and reaffirmed our commitment to meeting the country’s energy needs “In a tweet, Joshi stated.
The coal minister also reviewed the performance of Coal India arm Northern Coalfields Ltd (NCL) and directed it to ramp up production and load at least 34 rakes of the dry fuel daily.
“Reviewed @NCL_SINGRAULI today, with the company CMD. Directed NCL to ramp up coal production and load at least 34 rakes per day. After this, will be visiting coal mines of NCL to interact with employees & motivate them to scale up coal excavation & dispatch,” Joshi said.
Last week, Joshi said the government was making full efforts to meet the coal demand of power producers and stressed that steps were being taken to soon ramp up the dry fuel supply to 2 million tonnes per day.
The minister also felicitated machine operators at the Nigahi opencast coal project of NCL and said their role is integral for scaling up coal production and dispatch from the block.
“Flagged off a Coal Dumper Truck at Nigahi OCP, @NCL_SINGRAULI. This indigenous dumper has been manufactured by BEML and furthers #MakeInIndia initiative,” he said.