Coal production in the country during the first quarter of the current fiscal was 126.65 million tones thereby registering negative growth of 1.3% vis-à-vis coal production during the same period in the previous year. However, Coal India produced 102.9 million tones of coal during the first quarter which resulted in 0.4% growth over corresponding period of the previous year.
Power sector bore the brunt of poor production of coal. The coal supply to the power sector in the country in 2013-14 (up to June, 2013) has been 86.39 million tonnes as against the target of 92.33 million tones. In other words, power sector could get only 94% of the targeted coal supply from domestic sources during the first quarter. According to Ministry of Coal, factors like intermittent law and order problem in Jharkhand and Orissa affected the despatches from Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) and Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL).
The coal supplies from Coal India Limited (CIL) sources to power stations located in Maharashtra has been 9.59 million tonnes during the first quarter of 2013-14 as against the commitment of 12.707 million tonnes under Fuel Supply Agreement (FSA)/ Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). According to Ministry of Coal, lesser supply of coal is mainly due to no lifting of coal by Parli Thermal Power Plant (TPP) during April-June 2013 on account of water shortage.