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Efforts on to resolve NTPC-CIL spat over coal quality: Scindia

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 18, 2013
First Published: 22:51 IST(18/4/2013) | Last Updated: 22:53 IST(18/4/2013)

Power minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Thursday that efforts were being made to resolve the “contentious” issue of coal quality between NTPC and Coal India and said that his ministry would hold meetings with the coal ministry on the matter.

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Scindia called on coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal on Thursday to deliberate on various issues, including coal supply, power purchase agreement and coal linkages, among others.

“We have discussed a number of issues today...We discussed the issue such as doing away with the necessity of a PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) for signing FSA (fuel supply agreement)...the issue of restoration of a coal linkage for North Karanpura,” Scindia said.

Jaiswal said that both ministers held discussions on various issues.

“Some of the issues have been resolved in today’s meeting, while in the case of remaining “we are hopeful that we would soon be in a position to resolve them,” the coal minister said.

“I am hopeful that within a month or so, the issues would be resolved,” he said. However, Jaiswal refused to comment on the issues which were discussed in Thursday’s meeting.

“With regard to CIL and NTPC, the coal ministry has responded to a note with details. We will now study that note and their responses and I propose to have an internal meeting between coal ministry and power ministry officials to see if we can resolve pending issues expeditiously,” Scindia said.

(With inputs from agencies)


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