karnataka: Karnataka govt asks Centre to speed up approvals for coal blocks | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU/KALABURAGI: Chief minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Sunday that he had urged the Centre to fast-track clearances for two coal blocks allotted to Karnataka so that a power crisis linked to a coal shortage could be averted.
There is a significant focus on securing coal blocks and supplies because of concerns over existing stocks. Three major thermal power stations in the state have reserves that are expected to last for 48 hours, officials said.
The central government has allotted Karnataka a coal block near Chandrapur in Maharashtra and another one in Mahanadi, Odisha. Bommai has requested Union minister for environment and forest Bhupender Yadav to give the required approvals at the earliest.
“The two blocks allotted to Karnataka need certain clearances. For instance, the Chandrapur coal field needs a letter from the PCCF [principal chief conservator of forest] of Maharashtra. As I spoke to him yesterday, the Union minister assured me that the clearance would be given soon. I hope it will be done in a week,” he said.
On the status of the Mahanadi coal block, Bommai said that the mine already had required permissions and was currently being managed by someone else. “We have convinced Yadav that we need not get fresh clearances for this block. He assured me that he would see the file and do the needful,” Bommai added.
The CM has discussed the issues with Yadav as well as Union minister of coal and mines Pralhad Joshi.
Bommai said that the inclusion of the two blocks would make Karnataka more self-reliant in terms of coal supply. The primary objective is to secure the Chandrapur coal block as the available rail link will reduce transportation costs substantially. “We have requested Joshi to allocate an additional two rakes [one rake is equal to 4,000 tonnes] and he has directed the officials concerned to do the needful,” he said.
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According to officials, the Raichur and Ballari thermal power stations have stocks that will last for 48 hours. The situation is the same at the Yermarus power station. At the Raichur plant, only three out of the eight units have been functioning. At the Ballari station, only one of four units is functioning.





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