With the coal supplier not providing regular supply to the state-owned thermal power plants, the Punjab government has requested the Jharkhand government to rein in the supplier as the coal mine is situated at Pachwara in Jharkhand.
The government has also requested the coal ministry to increase allocation for the Punjab-based thermal plants, including the private ones, so that the state could run them at their full capacity. At present, the state-owned and private plants are not running to their full capacity because of the shortage of coal.
Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) CMD KD Chaudhri on Friday met the coal secretary in New Delhi and requested him for an increase in coal linkage.
The CMD, on behalf of the state government, requested the enhancement of coal linkage to Talwandi Sabo and Rajpura power plants. He said the decision would immensely benefit these power plants to run at their optimum capacities.
Punjab also asked for coal for the GVK Goindwal Sahib plant, which has been built, but was non-operational as GVK has been unable to make its allotted mines functional due to issues related to the Jharkhand government. Punjab asked the Centre to provide tapering linkage of 2 lakh tonnes per month for the Goindwal Sahib plant till its mine became operational.
Meanwhile, Punjab power secretary Anirudh Tiwari said the Punjab government had roped in Jharkhand to resolve the issues with the coal supplier, Panem, which is operating the Coal India in Jharkhand.
The coal supplier was citing some hiccups in the operation of the mine, following which the Punjab government asked the Jharkhand government to resolve these issues. “We have approached the Jharkhand government to intervene and resolve our problem of the coal supply,” said Tiwari. He, however, refused to share what type of hiccups the coal supplier was facing in Jharkhand.
He said that currently the coal stock was enough to run the plants and the Punjab government was taking all measures to resolve the issues with the coal supplier. “Let me assure you that the coal issue would be resolved in the next few days. Already, the supplier has committed itself to increasing the supply,” he added.
The state-owned thermal plants have not been running to their capacity for the past two months because of the coal crisis. The coal supplier was demanding increased payments.