Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday met Union Coal Minister Sriparkash Jaiswal to seek dedicated coal linkage for the upcoming thermal plants at Goindwaal Sahib, Rajpura and Talwandi Sabo.
The chief minister apprised the Union minister of the thermal power plant at Goindwal Sahib which is being constructed by GVK Power Limited, the first unit of which was likely to be operational by May 2013.
The Tokisud coal block in Jharkhand has been exclusively allotted for the project, though extracting coal is yet to begin as some of its area falls under forest land.
Badal, according to sources, informed the Union minister that he had also briefed his Jharkhand counterpart Arjun Munda to facilitate faster transfer of land.
Under these circumstances, the supply of coal from the said block was likely to be delayed further and therefore, Badal requested Jaiswal to direct his ministry to provide temporary allocation, from the mines of Coal India Limited, of 1.4 million tonnes for one year to the project from February 2013 to January 2014.
The Punjab chief minister stressed that this would ensure the 540-Mw capacity of the power plant does not remain idle and that GVK Power limited would return the borrowed coal after commencement of production from the Tokisud block.
Badal said early commissioning of the project would ease pressure on the already heavy-loaded northern grid.
Raising the issue of raising the sanctioned coal linkages from 1,200 Mw and 1,800 Mw by the Ministry of Coal to 1,400 Mw in case of Rajpura Thermal plant and 1,980 Mw for Talwandi Sabo Thermal plant, the chief minister sought the personal intervention of Jaiswal at the earliest.
Badal also told the Union minister that the Ministry of Power had already approved the installed capacity of 1,400 Mw and 1,980 Mw of Rajpura and Talwandi Sabo thermal plants respectively.
Responding to the issues raised by Badal, the Union minister, said sources, assured him of positive a outcome and added he would soon convene a special meeting of the senior officers of his ministry and Coal India Limited to amicably resolve all the pending issues.