Power crisis: BD Kalla blames Centre
Jaipur: Amid deepening power crisis, Energy Minister of Rajasthan BD Kalla on Wednesday blamed the Centre for mismanagement and alleged that the National Coalfields Ltd (NCL) and South Eastern Coalfields Ltd. (SECL) had been providing only 3 to 4 racks of coal instead of 11.5 racks daily.
He also rejected allegations that any amount was outstanding on part of the state government and said that mismanagement of the Centre has led to power crisis across the country.
Kalla said that coal supply is the subject of the Center and it should ensure adequate power supply because the demand of power is set to increase in view of the festive season and time for sowing of Rabi crops.
“Coal India’s subsidiary company NCL and SECL should have given 11.5 racks to Rajasthan but for a long time, three to four racks of coal were being given to the state.
Initially, a misconception was created that this happened due to lack of payment but the truth is that not a single rupee is outstanding,” he said.
The minister said that full payment of NCL has been done in the month of August 2021 itself.
“Rs 277 crore dues of SECL are being talked about but it should also be kept in mind that we have claimed Rs 459 crores.
This claim is related to the dispute regarding the payment made earlier to SECL,” he said.
Kalla said that apart from Rajasthan, other states including Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat are facing the problem and blamed the centre for this.
He said that there is no approval of mining from one block allotted to Rajasthan and the state government is trying to get biodiversity clearance so that mining could be started.