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India turns to local coal for planned 4,000 MW Tamil Nadu project

Workers unload coal from a supply truck at a yard on the outskirts of Ahmedabad April 15, 2015. REUTERS/Amit Dave/File Photo

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India will use domestic coal for its proposed 4,000 megawatt power project in southern Tamil Nadu state, instead of imported it, Coal Minister Piyush Goyal said on Wednesday, as the south Asian nation seeks to cut its overseas purchases.

He said the state power minister has agreed for use of domestic coal for the project.

(Reporting by Sudarshan Vardhan; Editing by Malini Menon)