New Delhi: There has been excessive rainfall in the Northern Coal Field (NCL) area during last few days. This unforeseen natural calamity has damaged roads, railway tracks and there is water logging in the open cast NCL mines. This has affected coal supply to Anpara, Singrauli, Rihand and Vindhyachal Thermal Power Stations.
Contingency plan has already been implemented to ensure that the power supply due to this is not affected. If required, States can get the supply from alternate sources and power exchanges.
The Sub Group Monitoring Committee reviewed the coal supply situation which was affected due to excessive rains and has issued a contingency plan to overcome the hurdles in coal supply to the Thermal Power Plants receiving coal from Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL).
It has directed to the concerned agencies to put 6 numbers of BOBR rakes in circuit for coal supply to Anpara and Singrauli Thermal Power Station(TPS) till the MGR supplies to these plants are resumed. In addition to it, 2 Box ‘N’ railway rakes per day each from BCCL, CCL and ECL subsidiaries of CIL are being sent to the Rihand and Vindhayachal units of NTPC as the coal for these units is diverted to the Anpara and Singrauli TPS. The imported coal stock lying at the port is also being moved to the Vindhayachal NTPC units. These pithead plants are designed to receive coal through MGR and therefore were facing difficulty in unloading coal through railway rakes. The coal supply is expected to improve in the next few days with the weather conditions improving.
The Sub Group Monitoring Committee consists of representatives of Ministry of Power, Railways & Coal besides Niti Aayog, CIL, and SCCL and is headed by Joint Secretary Ministry of Coal and reviews the coal supply situation to the power plants on a regular basis.