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India's coal output has fallen way behind and situation may get worse

India's coal output has fallen way behind and situation may get worse

India's coal output has fallen way behind, leading to a surge in imports. The situation could get worse, given the coal allocation scam and the lack of infrastructure to transport coal.

India badly needs more coal. Consumption soared to record levels in 2012/13. Much of the rising demand comes from the power sector. India's coal output has fallen way behind, leading to a surge in imports. The situation could get worse, given the coal allocation scam and the lack of infrastructure to transport coal.

Graphic by Santosh Kushwaha
Research by Jyotindra Dubey
Photograph by Vivan Mehra