State-owned Coal India Limited allocated 16.95 million tonnes (MT) of the dry fuel coal under special forward e-auction to the power sector in the April-November period of this fiscal, down 22.6 per cent over the year-ago period.
Coal India (CIL) had allocated 21.91 million tonnes (MT) of coal in the April-November period of 2018-19, according to the latest monthly summary by the coal ministry for the Cabinet.
However, the coal allocation by the PSU under the scheme increased to 4.05 million tonnes (MT) in November, 2019, over 1.53 million tonnes (MT) in November 2018, it said.
The special forward e-auction scheme is aimed at making an earmarked quantity of coal available for supply through e-auction to all power producers.
All power producers, other than captive power plants already commissioned, are eligible to apply for the special forward e-auction.
CIL had earlier said that it intends to tentatively offer 10 per cent of its targeted production of 660 million tonnes (MT) in 2019-20 through e-auction and out of which 50 per cent of the quantity (33 million tonnes) is planned through special forward e-auction.
Coal India accounts for over 80 per cent of domestic coal output. The state-owned firm had earlier said that it will produce 750 million tonnes of coal in the next financial year. The firm will further produce 1 billion tonnes of coal by FY2024, Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi had earlier said.