Union Ministers discuss measures to enhance efficiency in coal transport to power plants


New Delhi: Union Minister for Power R.K Singh and Union Minister for Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw held a meeting here today to discuss short-term and long-term strategies for dealing with increasing power demand.

Power Secretary Alok Kumar, Coal Secretary A.K Jain, and senior officials from the Ministry of Power, Ministry of Coal, and Ministry of Railways were present. Representatives from Coal and Power PSUs and states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Maharashtra joined virtually.

 Singh urged all stakeholders at the Centre and state levels to work hand in hand for an unhindered power supply. He urged the Power Gencos to own freight rakes under the scheme of the Ministry of Railways to deal with logistic constraints in coal supply.

Issues discussed included increasing operational efficiency for loading and unloading of coal, increasing the percentage of rakes allotment for the Power sector, and other logistics issues.

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