Minister says Maha facing 4,000 MW power shortage, blames Coal India for fuel crunch

Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut on Tuesday said the state is facing a shortage of 3,500 to 4,000 MW of electricity supply and blamed “mismanagement and lack of planning” on part of central PSU Coal India Ltd (CIL) for the situation.

He said Coal India, a Maharatna PSU and the largest producer of the fossil fuel, has failed to ensure timely supply of coal for thermal power generation plants in the state.

Speaking to reporters, Raut said, “Maharashtra is facing a shortage of electricity supply between 3,500 and 4,000 MW. It is due to Coal India’s unorganised functioning and lack of planning which has resulted in Maharashtra facing a severe shortage of coal.”

The Congress minister also accused Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd and JSW of not supplying power to Maharashtra despite having agreements to this effect. He said, “Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd and JSW have agreements with state power utilities to supply 760 MW and 240 MW, respectively.

“Both the companies have not been supplying power to Maharashtra, creating a shortage of 1,000 MW. We have long-term agreements with these companies and they do have enough stock, but still power is not being supplied to Maharashtra.”

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