New Delhi: Concerned over delays in execution of projects due to inter-ministerial differences, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called a high-level meeting to resolve issues like coal shortages and environment clearances with the respective ministers on July 1.

"The meeting will be held on July 1 to assess the progress made in the first four years of the current Plan and resolve the differences among the ministries," a senior Power Ministry official said.

This will include the power capacity addition targets-- achieved between 2007-08 and 2010-11 -- and projects stranded due to coal shortages and environment clearance, he said.

The meeting, to be chaired by Singh, will be attended by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal, Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

The meeting would make an assessment on the actual requirements of Power, Coal and other ministries for the terminal year (2011-12) of the current Plan Period and next Five-Year Plan (2012-17).

According to an estimate made by the Planning Commission, the demand-supply gap for coal in the ongoing year, which is also the terminal year of current Five-Year Plan, has been
assessed at 142 million tonnes (MT) with domestic availability of only 554 MT against the requirement of 696 MT.

Coal ministry is of the view that 'no-go' policy of Environment ministry, under which mining in 203 coal blocks is not allowed, has been the major reason for the increase in coal shortages.

According to the ministry, the 'no go' mining issue has affected a potential production of 660 MT of coal per annum.

Last month, Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal had said that the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was concerned over the economic growth being hampered by the bottlenecks in the coal production.

At the same time, the Prime Minister was also keen that the issues raised by the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) should also be resolved, he said.

The Group of Ministers, headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is already on the job to find a common ground between the MoEF on the one hand and coal, power and steel ministries on the other.

Against this backdrop, the Power Ministry has projected that more than 40,000 MW new power generation capacity will be left stranded due to the shortage of coal in the next Plan as most of the newly planned power plants are to be run on coal.

Power Ministry has set an ambitious target of adding 1,00,000 MW generation capacity in the next Plan Period (2012-17). The high-level meeting will also review the performance of the Power Ministry, which is already struggling to meet the capacity addition targets of current plan.

During the mid-term review of the current plan (2007-12), the Planning Commission had scaled down the target to 62,000 MW against the originally envisaged target of 78,700 MW.