In a major shift from its policy to equip the state-run and private power utilities with captive coal blocks to meet their production needs, the Coal Ministry is now actively considering allocating nearly 130 blocks to its behemoth Coal India Limited (CIL).

Most of the plants are located in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Maharashtra

NEW DELHI: The Union Coal Ministry on Friday cracked the whip on power companies by cancelling coal linkages of 25 captive power plants (CPPs). These plants with a combined capacity of 1,292 MW required 5.844 million tonnes of coal annually.

For progressive improvement in the economic growth of a developing country like India, sustainable energy supply is of paramount significance. Coal, being a relatively cheap and abundant energy resource in contrast to a very low hydrocarbon resource potential in India, remains the focus of attention of the energy planners ever since the oil crunch of the early

Dark, dark days ahead?

Statesman News Service
KOLKATA, Jan. 20: Power cuts in February are a serious possibility if coal supply does not increase, said state minister of power and non-conventional energy sources, Mr Mrinal Banerjee, today.

NEW DELHI: The government has relaxed captive coal mining norms to allow power companies to divert surplus coal from one of their projects to another.

Permission will be given on a case-to-case basis to coal-surplus companies that approach the coal ministry, said a senior government official who asked not to be named.

There are 229 identified coal blocks for allocation to specified end users and government companies on display on the website of Ministry of Coal. Till May 2008, as many as 182 coal blocks have been allocated to eligible companies. So far, production has commenced only in 13 blocks.