Government imports 20 million tonnes of coal to avert energy crisis this festive season

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To ensure sufficient coal supply for the upcoming festival season, the Union government has already imported 20 million tons of coal so far, Union Energy Secretary Alok Kumar said on Thursday. .

Recalling last year’s coal shortage episode during the festive season, the energy secretary assured that India will not face any electricity crisis due to coal shortage this time .

Last year’s shortage of coal at thermal power plants forced the government to take immediate action to meet demand and manage the crisis in 2021.

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“It (the electricity crisis due to the shortage of coal) will not happen this time (during the festival season). We have already imported 20 million tons of coal so far (this fiscal year) and we used 15 million tonnes,” Alok Kumar told PTI on the sidelines of the ‘INSIGHT2022’ conference on green mobility.

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In northern India, the nine-day pious Navratri festival marks the start of the festive season. Navratri will be celebrated all over India in the last week of September this year.

Responding to a question on the import of coal, the energy secretary said that India would import coal when needed. He also hinted at a government backup plan to deal with any unforeseen situation.

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He also highlighted the government’s plan to promote electric vehicle sales in the country and build its charging infrastructure.

The government also plans to help companies set up electric vehicle charging stations by providing subsidies for setting up upstream infrastructure. For this, the Center will soon redefine the Faster Adoption and Manufacture of (Hybrid and) Electric Vehicles Scheme (FAME).

He further explained that distribution companies have put in place upstream infrastructure such as transformers to ensure the continuous supply of electricity to electric vehicle charging stations. This process of setting up an upstream infrastructure can cost them around 5-6 million.

“We would give grants to companies that set up electric vehicle charging infrastructure to pay for discoms or utilities that set up upstream infrastructure,” Alok Kumar said.

Currently, companies must bear the entire process of setting up EV charging stations themselves. The revamped FAME policy will subsidize the process of encouraging more private players to enter the field.

(With PTI entries)

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