Ranchi: The union power additional secretary Vivek Kumar Dewangan expressed concern over coal shortages at thermal power plant across the country. He, however, said that the situation has araised due to sudden spurt in demand for power with boyance in economy.

Dewangan, who also an independent director of NTPC, who was here at NTPC Coal Mining Headquarters on Saturday, reviewed the activities of coal mining projects of NTPC. Partha Mazumder, Regional Executive Director (Coal Mining) made a presentation on the activities of coal mining.

Dewangan, in his address, highlighted the issue of shortage of coal availability prevailing at thermal power stations across the country due to unprecedented increase in power demand because of the surge in economic activities in our country.

Though he appreciated that, NTPC has surpassed coal production with respect to pro-rata target in this FY21-22, but coal production needs to be enhanced from NTPC’s three operational mines i.e Pakri-Barwadih, Dulanga & Talaipali. He also stressed for early operationalization of the developing coal mines. He assured to take up the critical issues of NTPC mines with the respective State Governments. 

Mazumder expressed his sincere thanks to additional secretary and ministry of power team for continuous support and guidance from the Ministry which helped in resolving long pending issues of coal mining projects and also for ensuring uninterrupted coal production in mines and supply to its power stations.

Head of coal mining projects attended this review through VC. Departmental heads of CMHQ and representatives from the MDOs of operating mines were also present.

The review meeting was concluded with a vote of thanks by General Manager(HR), CMHQ, Alois Topno.