Punjab: Coal not sufficiently stocked to evade maintenance cost, says Farmers

With farmers’ “Rail roko” agitation entering the 12th day, both private and state-run thermal power plants are facing coal shortage. Farmers alleged that private power plants failed to maintain coal stock in line with norms.

As per guidelines under the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), power plants beyond a distance of 1,000 km from the coal mine have to stock fuel for up to 30 days. Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) chairman-cum-managing director (CMD) A Venu Prasad claimed that three private thermal plants in the state were supposed to maintain stock for 15 days. Power plants in Punjab are around 1,400 Kms away from coal mines.

An official from GVK said according to the PPA agreement with the state government, they were supposed to stock coal inventory only for 15 days. He said the last rake of coal reached on September 30. Sources revealed that GVK, on October 1, had 17,052 MT of coal in its stock.

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