Power, coal ministries to discuss use of surplus Sasan coal today

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SummaryThe power and coal ministries are expected to discuss on Thursday the modalities on how Reliance Power should utilise surplus coal from the blocks allocated for Sasan UMPP, for another project in Chitrangi.

The power and coal ministries are expected to discuss on Thursday the modalities on how Reliance Power should utilise surplus coal from the blocks allocated for Sasan UMPP, for another project in Chitrangi. The meeting would be related to coal blocks of 3,960 MW Sasan Ultra Mega Power Project (UMPP) in Madhya Pradesh.

“... (Power ministry) will take a meeting on December 27 to discuss suitable mechanism to ensure that conditions stipulated by the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) regarding surplus coal of Sasan UMPP are not violated by the developer,” an official document stated.

The meeting is expected to be taken by I C P Kesari, joint secretary at the power ministry, who also looks after ultra mega power projects. In April this year, an EGoM, headed by the then finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, had decided not to review the earlier decision allowing Reliance Power to use excess coal from the Sasan UMPP mines for the Chitrangi project, also located in Madhya Pradesh. “We stand by that decision (in 2008)... We cannot review decisions of the past but we can certainly look at the implication of those decisions in changing circumstances and what we need to do in the future," then law minister Salman Khurshid had said after the EGoM meeting on April 28.

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