According to the secretary, so far in the financial year, 20 million tonnes of coal have already been imported. Of this, 15 million tonnes have already been utilized.
There will be no electricity crisis this festive season
There will be no power crisis in the country this festive season. In fact, the government has increased imports to deal with the coal crisis. And so far 20 million tonnes of coal has already been imported. Electricity Secretary Alok Kumar gave this information on Thursday. At the same time last year, thermal power stations faced power crisis due to shortage of coal. After this, the Center had taken several steps to increase the supply and deal with the crisis. In a separate conversation during the conference Insight 2022, Kumar told reporters, “This time there will be no power crisis during festivals due to shortage of coal. We have already made 20 million tonnes in the current financial year. coal import have done. Of this, 15 million tonnes have already been used.
More coal imports can be increased
When asked whether more coal would be imported, the secretary said it would be imported if needed. On the government’s promotion of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, Kumar said the government will soon revamp the Scheme for Rapid Manufacturing and Adoption of Electric Vehicles (FAME). In this, there will be a provision to give subsidy to companies setting up EV charging infrastructure to pay for those who install basic facilities like transformers. Elaborating on this, the Secretary said that the distribution companies install infrastructure like transformers to set up the EV (Electric Vehicle) infrastructure. Its purpose is to supply power to the EV charging station, which costs Rs 5-6 lakh. “We will give subsidy to companies setting up EV charging infrastructure so that they can pay to distribution companies installing infrastructure like transformers,” he said. At present, companies installing EV charging stations have to pay for transformers etc.
electricity demand increased
Due to the rising heat this year, there has been a sharp jump in the demand for coal. At the same time, there has been a record production of coal in the country this year. However, due to increase in demand for electricity and impact on domestic coal supply due to monsoon, the government has increased the import of coal to ensure supply against demand.