The secretary said that two crore tonnes of coal have been imported so far in the financial year. Of this, one and a half crore tonnes have already been used.
There will be no power shortage this festive season
There will be no power shortage in the country during this festive season. In fact, the government has increased imports to deal with the coal crisis. And so far two crore tons of coal has been imported. Power Secretary Alok Kumar informed this information on Thursday. At the same time last year, thermal power plants faced power shortage due to coal crisis. After this, the Center took several steps to increase supply and deal with the crisis. In a separate interaction during the conference Insight 2022, Kumar told reporters, “There will be no power shortage during the festival this year due to coal shortage. We have imported two crore tonnes of coal so far in the current fiscal. One and a half crore tonnes of this has already been utilised.
More coal imports can be increased
When asked whether more coal will be imported or not, the secretary said, if necessary, it will be imported. On the government’s promotion of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, Kumar said the government will soon revamp the Scheme for Fast Manufacturing and Adoption of Electric Vehicles (FAME). It will have provisions to subsidize companies deploying EV charging infrastructure to pay those installing basic facilities such as transformers. Elaborating on this, the secretary said that the distribution companies set up infrastructure like transformers for EV (electric vehicle) infrastructure. Its purpose is to supply electricity to EV charging stations, which cost Rs 5-6 lakh “We will subsidize companies that install EV charging infrastructure so that they can pay distribution companies that install infrastructure like transformers,” he said. Currently, companies installing EV charging stations have to pay for transformers, etc.
Demand for electricity has increased
The demand for coal has increased due to rising heat this year. At the same time, a record amount of coal has been produced in the country this year. However, due to increased electricity demand due to monsoon and impact on domestic coal supply, the government has increased coal imports to ensure supply against demand.