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PM calls meet on coal crisis at month-end

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has convened a high-level meeting later this month to find a solution to the coal supply disruption being faced by power generating companies.

delhi Updated: Oct 15, 2011 00:06 IST
HT Correspondent

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has convened a high-level meeting later this month to find a solution to the coal supply disruption being faced by power generating companies.

The coal stocks with the companies have plummeted to worrisome levels, raising the risks of a nationwide power crisis. About 40 power plants have coal stocks sufficient for not even a week.

"But the power ministry is in touch with the coal and railway ministries to make coal supplies steady," power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said.

The Prime Minister's meeting with Planning Commission deputy chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia and the ministers for coal and power will also discuss the impacts of the floods, strikes and political unrest in Andhra Pradesh on Coal India Ltd's mines.

"We hope the situation improves soon, as the stocks are still not sufficient," a senior NTPC official said.