Impacted by the covid-19 pandemic, coking coal imports too witnessed a decline 28.49% to 10.69 MT in the quarter
Cargo handled by the country's major ports declined by 19.68% to 141.92 MT in the first quarter of this fiscal
NEW DELHI :
Thermal coal imports at India's 12 major ports dropped 34.70 per cent to 17.71 million tonnes (MT) in the the first quarter of the current fiscal, according to the Indian Ports' Association (IPA).
Impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, coking coal imports too witnessed a decline 28.49 per cent to 10.69 MT in the quarter.
These ports had handled 27.13 MT of thermal coal and 14.95 MT of coking coal in the April-June period of the previous financial year.
The IPA, which maintains cargo data handled by these ports, in its latest report said "percentage variation from the previous year" in thermal coal and coking coal handling was 34.70 per cent and 28.49 per cent, respectively.
Thermal coal is the mainstay of India's energy programme as 70 per cent of power generation is dependent on the dry fuel, while coking coal is used mainly for steel making.
India is the third-largest producer of coal after China and the US, and has 299 billion tonnes of resources and 123 billion tonnes of proven reserves, which may last for over 100 years.
India has 12 major ports -- Kandla, Mumbai, JNPT, Mormugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Kamarajar (Ennore), V O Chidambaranar, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata (including Haldia) -- that handle about 61 per cent of the country's total cargo traffic.
These 12 ports had handled 705 MT of cargo in the last financial year.