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Coal Stockpiles Clog Up Indian Ports Amid Rail-Car Shortage

Rajesh Kumar Singh, Dhwani Pandya
Coal Stockpiles Clog Up Indian Ports Amid Rail-Car Shortage

India’s harbors have become clogged up with coal as imports to power an expanding economy outpace railroad capacity to transfer the fuel to consumers. Stockpiles rose by 15 percent in seven weeks to 19.2 million metric tons, according to data from 18 ports compiled by CoalMint in a July 30 report. Inventory at Vishakhapatnam Port Trust in the eastern state of Andhra Pradesh is near the limit because a rail-car shortage is slowing distribution, Deputy Chairman P.L. Haranadh said in a phone interview.