Centre to consider Punjab’s demand for more coal

Aditi Nigam New Delhi | Updated on October 30, 2012 Published on October 30, 2012

The Ministry of Coal will consider the Punjab Government’s request to ensure more coal for its power plants. This was conveyed by Coal Minister, Sriprakash Jaiswal, to the Chief Minister of Punjab, during a call here on Tuesday.

The Government is making efforts to increase the availability of coal for the power sector and Coal India has been directed to give top priority to this, an official release said.

The Punjab Chief Minister has requested temporary coal linkages or alternative arrangement of coal supply for its Goindwal plant, which is to be commissioned in March 2013. The coal block allocated for the power plant is yet to get forestry clearance.

The Chief Minister also demanded more coal for the Rajpura Power Plant and Talwandi Sabo Plant because of increase in their plant capacity. The Coal Minister said his Ministry would consider these requests and see how the availability of more coal is ensured.

Published on October 30, 2012
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