Availability of coal a major challenge for power sector
Bokaro: The Chairman of Damodar Valley Corporation, R N Sen, on Saturday said the financial condition of the DVC was not sound and availability of coal remained a major challenge for the power sector in the country.
A 500 MW power plant in Koderma was ready, but was unable to start commercial production due to scarcity of coal, the DVC chairman said.
About 6000 tonne of coal was required per day for a power plant of 500 MW capacity, Sen said expressing hope that one of the units in Koderma would start commercial production by January.
Stating that coal supply remained a major challenge for power plants in the country, he said the problem began from April 2009.
However, DVC was set to procure coal from adjoining Odisha for its Koderma unit, Sen said adding that DVC did not have any plan for a new power plant.
An unit of Durgapur Power plant was also facing a similar problem and unable to meet the commercial production target, he said.
Sen said DVC has begun dismantling units 4, 5, and 6 of old Chandrapura power plant.
Referring to the financial status, he said it was not good and the company had a surplus of 2000 employees.
Besides, the Jharkhand government had dues of Rs 5300 crore with the issue being discussed at cabinet level to clear them, he said.
Referring the power tariff, he said it was not in favour of DVC, which was incurring a loss of Rs 40 crores per annum.
Emphasizing the need for skilled human resources, Sen admitted that there was hardly any scope for employment of employee dependents or displaced families.