Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) has told the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on behalf of all coal mining companies that the supply of the fuel to Mahagenco’s thermal power plants had increased over the past few months.
It had submitted an affidavit over a PIL filed by activist Anil Wadpalliwar on coal shortage in Mahagenco plants.
WCL said coal dispatch to the power plants should be 119 railway rakes (wagons) per day. In March 2018, the figure was 104.61 rakes a day which increased to 107.22 in April and 116.46 in May.
Recently, Central Railway (CR) and South-Eastern Central Railway (SECR) had indirectly blamed it on low coal supply to power plants. The two railway agencies pointed out that they had supplied the contracted number of rakes to WCL but the company had delayed in lifting coal as a result of which it had to pay demurrage charges to the tune of lakhs.
The WCL affidavit was silent on these charges, merely stating that this was the position in 2016-17 and 2017-18. Read More