New Delhi. Various power plants of the country are currently facing shortage of coal. Due to this, there is a possibility of increasing power cut in the country. Meanwhile, the central government has informed that the states owe about 20 thousand crore rupees to Coal India. According to the information, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu are as big defaulters. Along with this, the Coal Ministry has also written letters to Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan, asking them to clear the dues.
In the midst of the coal crisis, it has also come to the fore that in February itself, a letter was written to the states by the Ministry of Coal, asking them to keep coal reserves and lift the allocated coal smoothly. It has also been said that the supply of coal to the states was continued despite the excess amount being outstanding.
These states have huge dues
The Ministry of Coal says that there are coal mines in states like Jharkhand, Rajasthan and West Bengal. But either mining was not done at all and either it was reduced. According to the Ministry of Coal, Maharashtra owes Rs 3176 crore. Uttar Pradesh has an outstanding amount of Rs 2743 crore. West Bengal owes Rs 1958 crore. On the other hand, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan have outstanding dues of Rs 1281.7 crore and Rs 774 crore respectively.
so the crisis deepened
On the other hand, Coal Minister Prahlad Joshi has said that the supply of coal to thermal power plants has collectively crossed two million tonnes on Tuesday. He claimed that the supply of coal to the power stations has been increased. The Ministry of Coal says that the states did not mine coal properly. At the same time, coal was not taken smoothly from Coal India, so the coal crisis has deepened.
this is also a reason
At the same time, one reason for the coal crisis in the country is being told that imported coal is expensive. A report said that in March 2021, the price of imported coal was Rs 4200 per tonne but in September-October it was Rs 11520 per tonne. This further increased the coal crisis and the power generation faltered.
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