At present there are 26 plants that have stacked up enough supplies to last one month or more.
Government officials said the total inventory at power stations reached 29 million tonne, good for keeping plants running for 17 days
In its annual report in 2017, NTPC had said that it plans to secure around 33 per cent of its total coal requirement through captive coal blocks by 2030.
According to CEA data, there are a few coal plants with one-three days stock but they are not deemed critical as they are either close to a mine or have consumed most of their coal quota.
Shakti B(ii) is for power producers who have power purchase agreements with discoms but do not have coal supply contracts with Coal India.
The date of payment of second interim dividend for 2018-19 is on and from March 29, the filing said.
The statement seeks to breathe new life into expected results of the civil nuclear cooperation agreement between the two countries.
Overseas purchases by gencos doubled to 5.4 MT in first 10 mths from 2.05 MT a year ago.
Patnaik pointed out that the rate of royalty on coal has remained unchanged for the last six years, however, the rate of clean energy cess levied on coal by the central government has been raised from Rs 50 per tonne to Rs 400 per tonne during this period.
Under the sixth round, the government had earlier announced the auction of 13 blocks for the regulated sectors, including iron and steel, cement and aluminium
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