But January month saw a decline in coal import to 17.25 MT from 19.59 MT in the same month of the previous fiscal.
"There was modest demand for coking and non-coking coal from Indian buyers during the month. The marginal decline in hot metal production and volatile coking coal prices in January prompted buyers to keep a tab on imports," mjunction MD and CEO Vinaya Varma explained.
In non-coking coal, the coal stock scenario at thermal power plants showed a steady improvement and this helped to curb volumes, he added.
Of the total imports during January 2019, non-coking coal shipments were 12.35 MT and coking coal at 3.53 MT.
Coal Minister Piyush Goyal had earlier urged state-run Coal India to pledge self-sufficiency in production to eliminate import of the dry fuel.
The government has set a target of one billion tonne of coal production by 2019-20 for the mining major, but is considering relaxing the timeline.
Coal India has announced a production target of 652 million tonne in 2018-19.
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