Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday announced that the power situation would improve in the state in the next two days following the steps taken by the government to step up coal supply to thermal plants with the union coal ministry.
The deputy chief minister, who returned after meeting union coal minister Piyush Goyal for the second time in a week, said power generation at the Rajpura thermal plant was likely to be increased in the next two days. The Rajpura plant, which is currently producing 500 mega watt of power against a capacity of 1,400 mega watt, is likely to increase generation with two rakes of coal expected to reach by evening and two more on Tuesday.
Power secretary Anirudh Tewari said Punjab was hopeful that the union ministry would act on the state’s representation to commence coal supply to the Talwandi Sabo thermal plant or provide it an ad hoc supply of 3 lakh metric tonnes so that it could resume operations.
The coal ministry has also agreed to a proposal to allow tapering coal linkage of up to 2.4 million tonnes for one year to the Goindwal Sahib thermal plant which has been synchronized on oil and is lying idle for want of coal so that this power is available to Punjab within this paddy season.
The deputy CM said things were changing now under the new dispensation and the union coal ministry was devising ways and means to address the problems faced by the state, including the immediate need to increase coal supply to its thermal plants.