RK Singh takes review of thermal power plants
Shri Singh holds meeting with Power, Coal and Railway ministry representatives , besides Power PSUs
Seeks coordinated approach to streamline the coal stock position in anticipation of rising power demand
Shri Singh reviewed the day wise status of power requirement and withdrawal from the grid state wise. He also reviewed the coal stocks’ status, and also the Hydro Power generation. He went into reasons for shortfalls in power generation, across power generation units. The minister also asked the power secretary to look at the possibility of reducing the benchmark of 14 days of coal stocks to a benchmark of ten days of coal stocks for identification of plants to divert coal to plants with extremely depleted stocks
Shri Singh desired the power ministry to hold a separate review for power plants with captive mines, to ensure maximum use of these mines by their power plants. He also wanted ministry officials to look more into blending imported and indigenous coal, for better economics for the plants, in case importing was the requirement for such plants.
The minister pointed out that rising demand for energy augurs well for the economy and is encouraging. He impressed upon the officers that energy demand is likely to rise and that will need to be factored in as they address the current constraints.