With the onset of summer, there is talk of potential electricity shortages in the country. Coal shortage is considered the primary reason for this. But this statement needs unpacking and deeper understanding to find the true cause of the shortage and the best way to meet it. 

This article published in The Hindu on 29th March 2024, explores this issue. It highlights that the challenge is more about coal transport logistics, rather than availability of domestic coal, and that imports need not be the only option to address the shortage. It also discusses the roles of electricity regulators and distribution utilities in ensuring that consumers do not end up paying for inefficiencies in coal procurement.