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    Power plants in the country continue to grapple with coal shortage as 19 stations suffered acute scarcity, with only four days of fuel stock, last week.

    As per the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) data (April 19), 19 power plants spread across all the four regions of the country had less than 4 days of coal stock.

    However, some plants in the northern region faced grave coal stock position or coal reserves for less than four days, on account of inadequate fuel allocation.

    Power stations in the southern and western India also received less fuel supply, the report said.

    State-run NTPC’s thermal power projects at Kahalgaon in Bihar and Farakka in West Bengal suffered due to inadequate coal allocation, it said.

    Interestingly, the company’s Simhadri project in Andhra Pradesh witnessed acute fuel shortage due to higher generation from the station.

    Meanwhile, over 30 power stations witnessed coal stock position of less than seven days. These plants do not include those 19 stations with less than 4-day stock.
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