Coal crisis created due to closure of some mines, submergence of some due to rain: Joshi

Chatra (Jharkhand), October 14 (Language) Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi on Thursday said the coal crisis has arisen due to closure of some mines and water logging in some others due to monsoon rains, but there is no need to panic as the situation is improving. Joshi, who visited the Ashoka mine of Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) at Piparwar in Chatra district of Jharkhand, said that the power plants in the country would continue to receive coal in the required quantity. When asked about the current situation, he said, “We are seeing improvement in the situation now.” The minister discussed the current situation with the officials of CCL and Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL). Emphasizing on the need to produce more coal, he said, “We can produce two million tonnes of coal per day.” Due to which the supply of coal to the power plants was hampered. The minister also discussed the issue related to the availability of land for mining in the meeting. He said that a solution would be worked out with the cooperation of everyone including the district administration.

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