Business State power plants resume coal imports amid domestic shortages Updated : May 17, 2018 03:25 PM IST Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corp, a government utility, has imported about 1.4 million tonnes of coal this year. An increase in coal imports by state-owned power utilities undermines a pledge by PM Modi's government to cut thermal coal imports to zero by March 2018. State-owned Coal India Ltd is grappling with a shortage of trains to carry the fuel from its mines to the country's power plants. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.