Maharashtra to import coal and acquire mine in Chhattisgarh

The Maharashtra government plans to import coal and acquire a coal-mine from Chhattisgarh for power generation, in view of the continuing power crisis and ongoing load-shedding in large parts of the state.

Coal is not being supplied in the country as per demand, forcing the state government to consider alternatives to bridge the gap of around 3,500 MW-4,000 MW shortfall between the demand-supply currently. Earlier, the state cabinet authorised Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited to purchase power from elsewhere to tide over the current crisis.Accordingly, the state has decided to make some imports from outside the country and also get a coal mine allocated to the Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited in Chhattisgarh