GVK Power has asked the union government to consider its request for tapering (short-term) linkages to meet the coal requirement of its 540-MW thermal power plant in Punjab, saying that if allocation is done, the company will then be in a position to begin electricity generation from next month.
"We request your kind consideration for approval of our request for a tapering linkage which will enable the company to start generating power as soon as coal is available so as to... mitigate the acute shortage of power in Punjab," GVK Power (Goindwal Sahib) vice-chairman GV Sanjay Reddy said in a letter to coal secretary SK Srivastava.
"If coal is allocated, we will be in a position to start generation from the first unit of our 2x270 MW project by mid-August, and not only provide relief to the government but also to the Northern Grid," Reddy said in the letter.
He added that the development of the captive Tokisud north sub block, which has been allotted to the company for meeting the coal requirements of the power project, had got delayed while the end-use plant was in an advanced stage of development.
"While all the procedural, statutory and legal clearances have been obtained, a last-mile problem has arisen on the issue of land for substitute afforestation… most of the land required for this purpose has been handed over to the forest department, Jharkhand, a balance stretch remains in the face of extremist activities and the sheer inability of the staff to complete the work of survey, demarcation and erection of pillars," the letter said.
Last month, the coal ministry had slapped a show-cause notice on the company for not beginning production from the coal mine within the stipulated time.