Mumbai: War of words has broken out between Maharashtra government owned power generation utility Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Ltd. (Mahgenco) and government of India owned Western Coalfield Ltd., a subsidiary of Coal India Ltd. as Mahagenco’s managing director Subrat Ratho accused WCL of supplying inferior quality coal.
Maharashtra is currently reeling under 4,000 MW of power shortage resulting in load shedding, between four hours in urban areas to 15 hours in rural areas. And one of the major reasons attributed by Mahagenco for power shortage was unavailability of coal. However on Thursday, speaking with media persons in Nagpur WCL chairman and managing director D C Garg claimed, as Mahagenco failed to lift the coal allocated to it, we had to divert the coal to Andhra Pradesh.
Out of Mahagenco’s annual requirement of around 45 million tons, WCL supplies around 23 million tons.
Reacting sharply to Garg’s statement, Ratho in a press conference on Friday said, we are not lifting any coal from WCL’s mines for last one and half month as the coal which we are getting is of an inferior quality.
And our demand for random sample checking at the loading site (railway yard) was also turned down by the WCL.
When contacted Garg said, there is a clause of joint sampling in every fuel supply agreement which we sign with all the power generation utilities. And based on results of this joint sampling, we receive our payments from the utilities and so far Mahagenco never stopped our payment for any of the consignment. So I wonder, why Ratho is making such baseless allegations, he asked.