No coal shortage in UP thermal power plants: Piyush Goyal
Amid oft-repeated charge of the Uttar Pradesh government about coal shortage in the state thermal power plants, union minister of state for power and coal Piyush Goyal today asserted there was absolutely no shortage of coal in any plant.
Goyal, who met UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav at his official residence here, claimed that none of the state thermal power plants had to be shut down due to paucity of coal.
UP government, which is targetting to ramp up power generation to provide 16 hr and 22-24 hr power supply in the rural and urban areas respectively by 2016-17, has over the last year written several letters to the Centre seeking adequate coal supply to the existing plants and coal linkages to the proposed plants.
Talking to newspersons at the BJP headquarters, Goyal informed he had a detailed review of the UP power sector and the problems faced by it.
“There is sufficient coal supply to all thermal power plants in the state. Besides, there is adequate availability of power in the country. Additionally, we are ready to supply even more coal and power to UP if required,” he replied to a Business Standard query.
Goyal further claimed coal production under the current NDA regime had posted stupendous growth.