Sharad Yadav meets PM over coal linkages
New Delhi: Seeking his personal intervention in mitigating the power shortage in Bihar, JD(U) Chief Sharad Yadav on Tuesday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and sought his help in granting coal linkages for two power plant units run by the state.
Informing the PM on Coal Ministry`s refusal to allocate coal linkages for Bihar`s power plants, Yadav said, "It is a matter of great disappointment that the Coal Ministry has failed to appreciate the sensitivity of the issue and has in a routine manner summarily rejected the demand."
Bihar operates two units of Barauni Thermal Power Station -110 megawatt each- which is undergoing renovation and expansion by the BHEL.
"Although the coal linkages are available for two existing old units, no coal linkage has been granted for the expansion project. Coal linkage is a pre-condition for environmental clearance," Yadav said.
Complaining about the Coal Ministry`s rejection for allocating resources to Bihar, he said, "To utter dismay the express matter (of allocating linkages to Bihar) has not been dealt in right earnest by the Coal Ministry, rejecting it in a routine communication."
Led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, an all-party delegation from the state had also met the Prime Minister in April and submitted a memorandum requesting allocation of coal linkages for its power plants.
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