New Delhi : Amid widening demand-supply gap of coal and a huge pile of pending applications from power as well as other sectors seeking assurances for large quantities of the fuel, an Inter-Ministerial panel has recommended keeping fresh requests in abeyance for two years. “In view of the huge gap in supply and demand of coal, it was recommended that receipt of fresh applications for LoAs (Letter of Assurance) from Power sector be kept in abeyance for a period of two years,” Standing Linkage Committee (Long-term) for Power has said after reviewing the status of existing such linkages. The Additional Coal Secretary-headed panel has received 1,590 applications for LoAs with a total estimated coal requirement of about 3,200 mtpa.

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