Coal stocks low in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and West Bengal due to pending dues

Huge outstanding dues worth about Rs 7,918 crore of state-run power generating companies have resulted in less dispatch of coal especially to the states with high dues like Maharashtra, Rajasthan and West Bengal, according to an official note. Several parts of the country are grappling with power outages on account of shortages of fossil fuel.

“Total dues of state gencos are to the tune of Rs 7,918 crore. This has led to less dispatch of coal to states over the past many months. Maharashtra, Rajasthan and West Bengal could not build up stocks due to pending dues,” according to a recent note to the cabinet secretary on the power supply situation.

Moreover, Uttarakhand, Gujarat and Delhi, it said, have not made advance arrangements with their gas-based plants, which has affected about 4,000 MW capacity and has put more pressure on domestic coal.

As per the Central Electricity Authority’s (CEA) report the power plants having linkage with Coal India Ltd and The Singareni Collieries Company Ltd (SCCL) have coal stock of nine days as on April 28.

Coal India said its fuel supply to the power sector increased by 15.6 per cent in April 2022, compared to the same month last year. It also stressed that it was planning to augment its dispatches further, especially to power plants in the coming months. With higher output, Coal India is aiming to increase its dispatches further, especially to power plants in the coming months. Coal India, which accounts for more than 80 per cent of domestic coal output, is one of the major suppliers of fossil fuel to the power sector. The coal ministry had earlier said that the current power crisis is mainly on account of the sharp decline in electricity generation from different fuel sources and not due to the non-availability of domestic coal.

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