Industries facing severe coal crisis
Industry body Utkal Chamber of Commerce and Industry Limited (UCCI) has urged the Odisha government to ensure adequate supply of coal to the state-based industries. UCCI says that these industries are facing a huge shortage of coal to run their units.
In a letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, UCCI said on Friday, “We would like to draw your attention to the situation of acute coal crisis in the state. Many units do not have stock of this fuel.”
Not only big, small industries are also in trouble
It has been said in the letter that while the troubles of small and medium industries are increasing day by day, steel plants, aluminum smelters and other big industries are working at a level where if the same situation continues, then their Operations will not be profitable. Since these units of small and medium industries in the state provide employment to lakhs of people, UCCI feared that the coal shortage situation may affect the employment of these people.
UCCI President Brahm Mishra said that though the state has abundant coal reserves, the local industries based in Odisha are facing coal shortage and are forced to import coal/power as they do not get enough share of coal. Used to be.
Odisha has 25% coal reserves of the entire country
Coal reserves in the state account for about 25 per cent of the country’s deposits, and Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL), a subsidiary of Coal India Limited (CIL), produces 150 million tonnes of coal. Odisha-based power plants (16,000 MW) require 9-95 million tonnes of coal annually, which accounts for 60 per cent of Odisha’s coal production, to operate a cost-efficient sustainable industry.
Most of the coal goes to the power plants of other states
UCCI said that more than 65 percent of Odisha’s coal is being supplied to power plants located in other states. Hence the local industries based in Odisha are facing coal shortage and are forced to import coal/electricity as they are getting less than 45 per cent share of Odisha’s coal production.
UCCI has requested the State Government to hold talks with the Ministry of Coal for giving necessary directions to MCL and CIL to augment the supply of coal to the local industries.
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