Arvind Kejriwal government seeks coal block from Centre to set up a plant for Delhi

NEW DELHI: The Kejriwal government has asked the Centre for a coal block that will help a private company set up a giant plant to supply adequate and affordable electricity to the city, Delhi’s Power Minister Satyendra Jain told ET, barely a day after the prime minister made a jibe at promises of free power by politicians.

Jain said the state administration had major plans to reform the sector and expand power generation from both renewable and conventional sources.
“We have requested the GoI (government of India) to give a coal block to us, wherever it may be available. We will soon send a formal request to them about this. Our plan is to have 4,000 mw power of our own over the next four-five years,” he said.

Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party swept to power this month, winning popular support with promises, including cheaper electricity.
People in Delhi have complained about rising power bills although distribution companies say that about 80% of the tariff they collect goes to meet the cost of electricity.

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