Cabinet clears coal linkage policy
In a long awaited relief for the thermal power sector, the Cabinet has approved ‘Shakti’ (acronym Scheme to Harness and Allocate Koyla (Coal) Transparently in India), a policy which aims to auction long-term coal linkages to power companies. The move is expected to revive 30 GW of power plants awaiting fuel supply, including those of Reliance Power, Adani Power, Lanco Infratech, GMR Energy, DB Power, CESC and KSK Energy.
Will the black magic work again
Sample this. Coal India, the much-reviled public sector coal behemoth, produced 462 mt of coal last year, with all the much-publicised legacy problems that it faces. The top seven global (private sector) mining giants together produced around 700 mt of coal last year (see Coal output by global players). And all of India´s private players produced a mere 50 mt of coal in 2014.
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