Decide Sasan Power plea for more coal by Feb 21: HC to Centre

The Delhi High Court has asked the Centre to decide in two weeks the plea by Sasan Power Ltd, a Reliance Power subsidiary, for permission to mine coalfrom its two mines in excess of the 17 MTPA cap to enable it to run the 3,960 megawatt power project in Madhya Pradesh.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar asked the Centre-appointed committee, which is considering the issue, to take a decision expeditiously and before the next date of hearing on February 21.

The order came after the court was told by Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain, appearing for the Centre, that a meeting of the committee will be held today in the office of the chairman of the Central Electricity Authority and the company has also been invited to participate in it.

The ASG contended there was no urgency as in the past also the company had raised “false alarms” of insufficient reserves of coal but had managed to run its plant.

The company, on the other hand, contended that the committee be directed to arrive at a decision within one week as it would soon run out of coal to run the plant.

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