New Delhi : Coal stock position at thermal power plants remains critical as more than half of the generating stations have less than a week’s fuel stock.

As per the latest data (September 29) by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), 56 coal-based power plants reported critical fuel stocks of less than seven days. As many as 11 power stations were left with nil stocks on the day, the data said.

Of the 56 stations, 33 had less than four days of stockpiles. These 33 stations include 10 power stations run by country’s leading thermal power producer NTPC.

NTPC plants include Indira Gandhi thermal power station in Haryana, Rihand, Singrauli, Tanda and Unchahar plants in Uttar Pradesh, Korba and Sipat (Chhattisgarh), Farakka and Durgapur (West Bengal) and Kahalgaon in Bihar. As per the reasons given by CEA, all power projects of NTPC and most of the 11 stations (with nil stocks) received less supplies from Coal India during the period.

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