With a severe power shortage hitting Madhya Pradesh, the state government has decided to import 4.5 lakh metric tones of coal to meet its shortfall so that electricity generation is not affected, said officials.
It may be mentioned that the state government has been accusing the UPA government of prejudiced approach in coal supply to the state and even the state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had headed an agitation over the issue in New Delhi last year.
For meeting its shortfall, the Madhya Pradesh Power Generating Company (MPPGCL) wanted to import coal for nearly a year but the state government was averse to the idea on the ground that this would be quite expensive given the fact that the state was not located near a sea port, said officials.
“We have recently got the state government’s nod to import coal, and are in the process of inviting bids for this purpose,” MPPGCL Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD) R B Agrawal was quoted as saying by PTI.
Agrawal said that the MPPGCL decided to opt for the import in the wake of shortage of coal production in the country.
“The bidder who will give lowest cost of the fuel will bag the import contract,” he said.
“We are not getting enough coal from Western Coalfields (WCL) and South Eastern Coalfields (SECL), so we are going to import this fuel to make up the shortfall,” Agrawal said.
The CMD informed that the state needs 4.5 metric tones of coal more to run Sanjay Gandhi Thermal Power Station at Birsinghpur in Umaria district, till March 2010.
Agrawal said that the daily coal consumption of three thermal power generation stations of Madhya Pradesh was around 40,000 metric tonnes.