Union Minister Pralhad Joshi on Thursday urged coal companies to remove bottlenecks in evacuation and production to ensure uninterrupted supply to power generation units.
Mr. Joshi, the Minister of Coal, Mines and Parliamentary Affairs was on a day-long visit to Jharkhand amid reports of various power plants across the country struggling with fuel shortages.
He held marathon meetings with senior officials from Coal India Arms Central Coalfields Ltd (CCL) and Bharat Coking Coal Ltd (BCCL), in addition to providing updates on some of the projects in the state.
“The holiday season has started and it is our duty to ensure the uninterrupted supply of coal to the power plants,” Joshi told the heads of the subsidiaries of Coal India Limited.
The closure of some coal mines and the flooding of a few others due to the monsoon has hampered the supply of coal to power plants, he told reporters in Chatra district.
“Visited CCL Ranchi’s Ashoka OCP (Open Pit Project) in Chatra District, Jharkhand. With a maximum rated capacity of 20 MTPA, this is one of CCL’s largest coal projects. Interacted with the team on the ground and motivated them to increase production and extraction from the mine, ”the minister later said in a tweet.
An official statement said that Mr. Joshi reviewed the coal production and uptake of the two subsidiaries and gave instructions to ensure sustained production and shipment of coal to the factories.
“We are here to give our full support, where and when it is needed,” said Joshi.
In another tweet, he also said: “Coal companies are making every effort to increase production and shipping. Motivated employees to seize the opportunity and do their best to ensure the supply of coal as demanded. . “