“Lo­cal equip­ment com­pa­nies to help lower im­ports”

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Power Min­is­ter Piyush Goyal, at an IEEMA event, said that the in­dus­try needs to in­no­vate and re­design equip­ment that can use the abun­dant do­mes­tic coal which has high fly ash con­tent so as to re­duce de­pen­dence on im­ports. “There is a need to be­come self-re­liant and self-suf­fi­cient as we have to fight the com­pe­ti­tion on eco­nomic and fair terms… we need to de­velop boil­ers and other equip­ment that can use do­mes­tic coal,” he said. He said the coun­try im­ports nearly USD 10 billion worth of elec­tri­cal equip­ment and this needs to change.

Ex­plain­ing the need to lower or end im­port de­pen­dence, he re­called how the na­tion’s de­fence pre­pared­ness was com- promised when a for­eign gov­ern­ment re­fused to part with de­fence equip­ment at a time when we needed it the most. “The Army’s sur­gi­cal strike re­minds me of the time when we were help­less after a coun­try de­cided not to give us equip­ment that we needed and to­day we are de­pen­dent on some in­im­i­cal coun­tries for critical spares and equip­ment and if at any critical junc­ture, the power sec­tor got crip­pled for lack of spares and ad­e­quate equip­ment, can we han­dle that?” he asked.

He also said that he has asked BHEL to re­design some boil­ers to take a larger in­take of the high fly ash coal, rather than be­ing de­pen­dent on cleaner coal from abroad.

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