Maharashtra receives more coal this year despite heavy dues: Coal Ministry

New Delhi: 

The Centre on Sunday refuted claims that Maharashtra is unable to meet its coal requirement. The Ministry of Coal said the allocation to power plants in Maharashtra was raised from 2.14 lakh ton per day in March to 2.76 lakh ton per day in April.

“The daily coal supply to Mahagenco (Maharashtra State Power Generation Company) in March 2022 was 0.96 lakh tons per day which has been increased further to 1.32 lakh tons per day in April (till 11.04.22).” 

“It is equally pertinent that the coal requirement of Maharashtra is being met despite Mahagenco having outstanding dues of nearly Rs. 2390 crore,” added the release. 

The state-run Mahagenco has been supplied with 37.131 MT coal during 2021-22.

Meanwhile, a day earlier, state Energy Minister Nitin Raut claimed the state is grappling with a coal and power crisis as some plants are left with only 1.5 days of coal.

“Some plants in Maharashtra are left with 1.5 days of coal, some with 3 days and some others with 6 days of coal. State Government is working to resolve the power crisis. Water Resources Minister has been asked to supply water for hydroelectricity generation,” said Raut. 

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