On the issue of power shortage due to short supply of coal, the state government has said that there is no delay on the part of the government regarding the payment of coal. The State Government is making advance payment for supply of coal to Coal India Limited and its subsidiaries NCL and SECL. There is no delay or laxity at any stage regarding payment. Vidyut Utpadan Limited has paid the entire pending amount of Rs 393 crore to National Coalfields in August 2021 itself.
SECL told the remaining 277.61 crores, Claim payment of Rs 459 crore is also pending
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot reviewed the electricity and DAP supply in the state through video conference on Tuesday evening. In the meeting, the officials of the Electricity Department informed that on September 27, 2021, SECL has informed through a letter that the payment of Rs 277.61 crore is due. Whereas Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited’s claim payment of Rs 459 crore on SECL under the Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism is pending since the year 2018.
Arrears of Rs 393 crore have been paid to NCL
Rajasthan Vidyut Utpadan Limited has paid the entire pending amount of Rs 393 crore to National Coalfields Limited (NCL) in August, 2021 itself. After this, under the fuel supply agreement from September 2021, now advance payment is being made to the company for supplying coal regularly. Advance payment of Rs 228 crore has been made to NCL company from 1st September to 8th October. Similarly, SECL’s dues of Rs 50 crore have been adjusted in July 2021 as part of the process of reconciliation on supply of coal less than the stipulated quantity at Kalisindh Thermal. Also, arrears of Rs 135 crore have been paid in August this year. Since then, advance payment to SECL has also been started from September 2021. An advance payment of about Rs 92 crore has been made to the company from September 6 to October 4.
ACS Energy and Principal Secretary Agriculture sent to Delhi
Chief Minister Ashok said that the state government is concerned about the countrywide shortage of coal and timely supply of DAP. The state government is keeping full pressure on the central government to increase their supply. Gehlot said that excellent management is being done at every level for regular supply of electricity in the state. Officers have been deployed in Singrauli and Bilaspur to augment the supply of coal. Senior officials of the state government ACS Energy and Principal Secretary Agriculture Department have been sent to Delhi to coordinate with senior officials.