MUMBAI: India’s coal import rose 11.9 per cent to 78.7 million tonnes in the first four months of the current fiscal. The Country had imported 70.3 million tonnes (MT) coal in April-July period of the last fiscal, mjunction services, a joint venture between Tata Steel and SAIL, has said.
“Overall, coal and coke imports during the first 4 months (April-July) of 2018-19 stood at 78.79 MT, about 12 per cent higher than 70.33 MT recorded for the same period last year,” it said.
The Country’s coal import in July increased by 42 per cent to 20.79 MT (provisional), over 14.64 MT (revised) in the same month previous year.
“Coal import (all types of coal) in July 2018 stood at 20.79 million tonnes (MT) (provisional), higher than 18.75 MT (revised) in June 2018 and also higher than 14.64 MT (revised) in July 2017,” mjunction services said.
The Government earlier said that during 2017-18 coal imports increased to 208.27 MT due to increase in demand by consuming sectors.
The Country’s coal import fell from 217.7 million tonnes in 2014-15 to 190.9 MT in 2016-17.