Minister of State for Coal Pratik PrakashBapu Patil today informed that the coal supplies to power utility sector is monitored regularly by an inter-ministerial sub-group comprising representatives of Ministry of Power, Ministry of Coal and Ministry of Railways constituted by the Infrastructure Review Committee of Cabinet Secretariat.
"This sub-group takes various operational decisions for smooth coal supplies to power utilities and for meeting any contingent situations relating to Power sector including critical coal stock position," he said in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.
Patil said that the Fuel Supply Agreement (FSA) assures supply of pre-determined quantity of coal of stipulated quality to all the thermal power stations.
"In order to ensure supply of committed quantity of coal, the FSA provides for payment of penalty by the supplying coal company in the event of shortfall in supply. Payment of coal bills raised by CIL and its subsidiary coal companies are made by the power stations on the basis of the assessed quality of coal by performing joint sampling at the loading end in the presence of representatives of power producer and CIL," he added.
Patil further said that as reported by Central Electricity Authority (CEA), in the recent past Kahalgaon thermal power station has been carrying coal stock of three to four days' consumption.
"As on 28th April, 2012 the available coal stock at this plant has been 152 thousand tonnes, which is capable of running the plant for four days," he said. (ANI)