As per latest CEA (Central Electricity Authority) report, as many as 20 power stations in the country have fuel stocks to last less than four days.
"This is a national problem, everybody is aware of, the plant(s) will not back down...making adequate arrangements for coal," Goyal told reporters when asked whether the coal situation could lead to a blackout in the northern region.
CEA data also showed that 38 power stations have less than seven days stock. In the northern region -- Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan -- 6 power stations have less than seven days stock, of which 3 have less than four days fuel.
In the western states of Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, 16 power plants have less than a week stock, of which 10 plants are left with less than four days coal.
As many as 9 power stations in the southern region - Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala - reported less than seven days fuel, of which 3 recorded less than 4 days stock.
Seven power projects in the eastern states -- Bihar, Odisha, West Bengal and Jharkhand -- had less than seven days coal stock, of which four plants had less than four days fuel.
Meanwhile, Goyal today also met the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.