New Delhi: Highlighting the multiple woes faced by power companies amidst the sluggish economic policy of the government, industrialists engaged in power sector met the Prime Minister and other Union Ministers to put forth a demand for a nodal window for immediate clearance of various power projects.

The private companies also demanded for an average pricing of domestic and imported coal which was rejected by Union Coal Minister Sri Prakash Jaiswal.

Meanwhile, Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan said that government's policy in sanctioning environment clearances for the power projects is transparent, consistent and clear. She said the country needs a comprehensive electricity policy which has to be equally beneficial for the investors.

While the demand of coal by the private producers is increasing by 9 percent annually and the supply increasing by only 6 percent, therefore the private companies are pressing for linking prices of domestic and imported coal to meet the shortage.

The private companies are also facing problems due to delay in the improvement of power distribution in the states. 

(JPN/ Bureau)