Record Decline in the Share of Imported Coal in Last Decade

Imported Coal

New Delhi: India, endowed with the fifth-largest coal reserves globally, stands as the second-largest consumer of coal, propelled by a fast-growing economy. In overall coal consumption spectrum, the unavailability of coking coal and high-grade thermal coal within our reserves necessitates imports to meet the requirements of industries like steel etc. However, medium and low-grade thermal coal are abundantly available domestically, making it imperative for the country to sufficiently produce to fulfil domestic demand. Over the past decade, concerted efforts to bolster coal production have yielded a positive trend. Notably, from…

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