Punjabs efforts to be power surplus got a shot in the arm with the Centre agreeing in principal to provide coal linkage to the under-construction 1,980 MW Talwandi Sabo and 1,320 Rajpura thermal plants.
The plants will get their full quota of coal from the time they are commissioned,a senior officer said,adding while Rajpura thermal plant will 5.5 million tonnes of coal from south eastern coal fields,the Talwandi Sabo plant will get its share of 7.72 million tonnes of coal from Mahanadi Coal Fields.
The Rajpura plant is being constructed by the L&T while Sterlite Energy Limited had bagged the contract for the Talwandi Sabo plant.
Another under-construction power plant – Goindwal Sahib power plant being constructed by GVK Group – has already been allotted a mine in Tokisud in Jharkhand.
Last month,the state had urged the Centre to allot the coal linkages for its upcoming power plants. A delegation comprising Chief Secretary Rakesh Singh,Secretary (power) Anirudh Tiwari and Punjab State Power Corporation CMD K D Chaudhry met Union Coal Secretary Alok Perti with the demand.
Earlier,Punjab State Power Corporation Limited had requested the Union coal ministry for allocation of a suitable coal block under the central governments dispensation route with minimum 500 million tonnes extractable quantity of good quality coal with low ash quantity.
PSPCL had also listed three coal blocks in Jharkhand Pachwara (South),Babupara-North Karanpura and Rautpara for captive mining.