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Coal crisis on power projects

45% supply from central government; Stocks only one day

MUMBAI: With the central government’s Western Coalfields Limited (Vekoli) and other coal companies supplying only 45 per cent coal to Maharashtra’s power projects, a crisis has arisen over Mahanirmithi’s power projects. While at least 1 lakh 46 thousand 550 metric tons of coal is required daily for power generation, only 1 lakh 63 thousand 550 metric tons of coal is available at present. There is only one day’s supply of coal left.

On August 1, Mahajanko had a stock of 1.4 million metric tonnes. However, due to low supply from coal companies in the last one and a half months, only one lakh 63 thousand 895 metric tonnes of stock is available.

Energy Minister Nitin Raut held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the issue. In an inter-ministerial meeting of the inter-ministerial group set up by the central government to ensure regular supply of coal to power generating companies, Mahanirmiti repeatedly complained that it was not getting coal as scheduled since August. However, in the meeting of this group, the turn of coal supply was assured. In fact, the coal supply has not improved as expected, it was informed at the time. During the meeting, Energy Minister Nitin Raut telephoned Union Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi regarding the non-supply of coal.

Noting that Maharashtra’s projects are being supplied with less coal, Raut requested for regular and adequate supply of coal. He also complained that Western Coalfields Ltd was selling coal from the state’s mines to Mahanirmithi at a higher price than other states and requested Joshi to pay it at a fair rate.

Procurement from outside ऊर्जा Energy Minister Raut instructed the officials to make proper provision for storage of excess coal by following up with the Coal Ministry to prevent future coal shortage. He expressed displeasure over the reduction in power generation from state projects due to shortage of coal and the need to buy power from the open market. He also instructed MSEDCL to provide more for the purchase of coal and to pay the amount to Mahanirmithi.

Critical situation पासून Over the last three months, the central government has received only 50 per cent of the expected coal reserves for Mahanirmithi. In August, only 52.64 per cent of the expected supply was met. As on September 19, only 45.16 per cent of the expected supply was met. While Vecoli was expected to receive 2216 metric tonnes of coal in September, it received only 873 metric tonnes or 45.16 per cent.

 

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