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Rage on electricity: 20 thousand crore dues of Coal India to the states, six big defaulters, now preparing for recovery

Amar Ujala Research Team, New Delhi.

Published by: Yogesh Sahu
Updated Thu, 14 Oct 2021 05:35 AM IST

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Amid fears of deepening of power crisis in the midst of coal crisis in the country, the Coal Ministry has even said that it was writing a letter to the states from January asking them to take stock, but the states did not respond.

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There is a danger of power crisis in the country due to coal crisis. Meanwhile, the central government has said that the states owe about 20 thousand crore rupees to Coal India. Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal are the big defaulters. The Ministry of Coal has written a letter to four states Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan asking them to clear the dues.

Amid fears of deepening of power crisis in the midst of coal crisis in the country, the Coal Ministry has even said that it was writing a letter to the states from January asking them to take stock, but the states did not respond. Despite the arrears, coal has been supplied continuously to the states. The Coal Ministry has reported that Jharkhand, Rajasthan and West Bengal also have coal mines, but these states have mined or not mined in very small quantities.

The Ministry of Coal has clearly stated that due to non-mining of coal by the states and not taking coal from Coal India, the situation of deepening power crisis has also arisen. Officials associated with the Ministry of Coal say that excessive storage of coal cannot be done because there is a risk of fire.

who owes how much

State Amount outstanding (Rs. in crore)
Maharashtra 3176.1
Uttar Pradesh 2743.1
West Bengal 1958.6
Tamil Nadu 1281.7
Rajasthan 774

The situation worsened due to the cost of imported coal

One of the reasons for the coal crisis in the country is the cost of imported coal. According to a report, the price of imported coal in March 2021 was Rs 4,200 a tonne, which increased to Rs 11,520 a tonne in September-October. The system of power generation is also faltering. The Center has said that it will increase coal production from 1.94 lakh tonnes to 20 lakh tonnes in the next five days.

Preparations for power cut in Andhra Pradesh
To save electricity in Andhra Pradesh, preparations have been made for power cut after Dussehra. The state government has said that such a situation has arisen for the first time in seven years. The state government wants to compensate or save 45 lakh units in a day from power cuts.

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There is a danger of power crisis in the country due to coal crisis. Meanwhile, the central government has said that the states owe about 20 thousand crore rupees to Coal India. Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal are the big defaulters. The Ministry of Coal has written a letter to four states Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan asking them to clear the dues.

Amid fears of deepening of power crisis in the midst of coal crisis in the country, the Coal Ministry has even said that it was writing a letter to the states from January asking them to take stock, but the states did not respond. Despite the arrears, coal has been supplied continuously to the states. The Coal Ministry has reported that Jharkhand, Rajasthan and West Bengal also have coal mines, but these states have mined or not mined in very small quantities.

The Ministry of Coal has clearly stated that due to non-mining of coal by the states and not taking coal from Coal India, the situation of deepening power crisis has also arisen. Officials associated with the Ministry of Coal say that excessive storage of coal cannot be done because there is a risk of fire.

who owes how much

State Amount outstanding (Rs. in crore)
Maharashtra 3176.1
Uttar Pradesh 2743.1
West Bengal 1958.6
Tamil Nadu 1281.7
Rajasthan 774

The situation worsened due to the cost of imported coal

One of the reasons for the coal crisis in the country is the cost of imported coal. According to a report, the price of imported coal in March 2021 was Rs 4,200 a tonne, which increased to Rs 11,520 a tonne in September-October. The system of power generation is also faltering. The Center has said that it will increase coal production from 1.94 lakh tonnes to 20 lakh tonnes in the next five days.

Preparations for power cut in Andhra Pradesh

To save electricity in Andhra Pradesh, preparations have been made for power cut after Dussehra. The state government has said that such a situation has arisen for the first time in seven years. The state government wants to compensate or save 45 lakh units in a day from power cuts.

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