Coal India Ltd (CIL) on Tuesday said its operations slowed down on account of more than 5,400 of the company’s employees and their wards across subsidiaries testing positive for coronavirus. However, offtake rose to 54.1 Million Tonnes (MTs) last month, the company said in a statement.
“Offtake could have been even higher but the pandemic spread afflicted over 5,400 company”s employees and their wards across subsidiaries, including contractual workers, slowing down the operations. Most of them are involved in the frontline output and offtake operations,” CIL said.
Out of the total coal offtake of 54.1 MT, the power sector lifted 42.4 MT or 78.4 per cent of the dry fuel. Non-power sector accounted for the remaining 11.7 MT.
“Despite the setback, coal supplies logged a 3.3 per cent growth compared to a COVID free April of FY”20 while the growth was even higher at 6.1 per cent against April FY”19 when CIL chalked up its highest ever coal off-take of 607 MT,” the company said.
Drawing growth comparison with April last year would be anomalous because of the near total lockdown then.