New Delhi: Haryana on Tuesday asked the Centre to initiate steps to make policy changes to make available sufficient quantity of coal for power plants situated in the state.
The state also asked the Centre to introduce a system of payments to coal companies based on the quality of coal tested at the receiving end to address financial loss to power generation utilities.
Speaking at the annual conference of Power Ministers of states and UTs here, Haryana Power Minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav asked the Centre to deliberate on critical issues concerning the power sector.
Seeking policy changes in the power sector, Yadav said activities relating to the setting up of Unit-3 of 660 MW thermal power plant at Yamunanagar are held up due to want of coal allocation for the project.
Yadav also urged the government to increase allocation of gas from 2.8 mmscmd to 7.5 mmscmd for a 750 MW unit of the proposed 1500 MW gas-based power plant in Faridabad.
Haryana also requested the Environment and Forests Ministry to grant forest clearance for expeditious development of the Mara-II-Mahan Coal Block, which has been held up for some time.
The state also sought clearance of bottlenecks in proper utilisation of Rs 4,000 crore accumulated in the Power System Development Fund (PSDF). The fund is managed by Managing Committee of Northern Regional Power Committee (NRPC), but the Committee has not been able to draw any amount from this fund till date. The fund amount is proposed to be utilised for power system improvement and strengthening works required to be executed in all states.
Haryana has also sought reducing the condition of 100 un-electrified habitation required under Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojna for giving electric connectivity to 25 to help achieve the goal of power-to-all.


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