Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Coal
09-March-2011 15:26 IST
Shortage of Coal
As per the Annual Plan Document 2011-12, the likely demand for coal in the country is 696.03 MT and the projected domestic coal production is 554.00 MT. However, 5 MT of coal stocks are proposed to be liquidated by CIL bringing down the gap to 137 MT. The gap will have to be met through imports.

The issue of restricted/prohibited areas pertain to the issue of “Go and No Go Concept” proposed by Ministry of Environment & Forest. A group of Ministers has been constituted to address the issue.

Apart from a series of measures initiated by CIL & SCCL, Government has allotted 208 coal blocks to private/public companies to increase domestic supply of coal to various consumers including power units.

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Coal, Shri Pratik Prakashbapu Patil in reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha today.