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'No power plant closed due to coal shortage'

Amid severe fuel shortage in power plants across the country, coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal has said no power plant would be closed in the coming days due to coal crisis.

'No power station would be closed due to shortfall of coal in the coming days,' the minister said.

Talking about coal output, he said in April the production of Coal India, which accounts for over 80 per cent of the domestic coal production, has been has been better in comparison to the same month over the last two years. He also expressed hope that the production of coal would increase in the coming days.

Power generation from the Mahatma Gandhi thermal power station at Jhajjar in Haryana stopped on 7 May due to non- availability of coal, according to data by Central Electricity Authority (CEA). Grim fuel stock position has affected country's thermal power projects, with almost 28 stations battling less than seven days of coal supplies during the past three weeks.

According to latest data by CEA, on an average 28 power stations faced critical fuel supply position, with less than seven days of stock.

The situation was worse on 9 and 10 May, when 31 power stations were left with less than seven-day stock. Various power generation companies have refused to sign FSAs with Coal India as they felt that the minimum penalty clause was too less and would not serve the purpose.
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