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India’s coal and lignite production has surpassed one billion tonnes

Published on March 26, 2024
Current Context: India’s coal and lignite production has indeed surpassed the one billion tonnes mark for the fiscal year 2023-24.
India’s coal and lignite production has surpassed one billion tonnes
  • This achievement is in line with the government’s target for this financial year.
  • The output was 6.7% higher year-on-year.
  • This milestone was set a few years ago, considering the increasing electricity requirements.
  • Surpassing the one billion tonnes mark in coal and lignite production reduces the dependence on imports.
  • As of March 22, 2024, India had about 96 million tonnes of coal available with companies.
  • In addition, stocks at domestic coal-based thermal power plants total 49.5 million tonnes.
  • These stocks will enable power generators to sail through the summer months when demand is expected to expand substantially.
  • The government had earlier said the peak electricity demand between April and June is likely to reach 260 GW as compared with 243 GW this year in September 2023.
  • The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts higher-than-normal temperatures in the upcoming summer.
  • However, preparations are on to meet the upcoming summer demand, with higher coal stocks at power plants than anticipated.


Q.1 What is the total coal and lignite production of India for the fiscal year 2023-24?
a. 500 million tonnes
b. 1 billion tonnes
c. 1.5 billion tonnes
d. 2 billion tonnes
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