Step-up production to meet growing demand: Bawankule to power cos

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Sep 2018 11:26:31


Staff Reporter,

Taking stock of challenges before power generation front in State, Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule took a meeting of all the stakeholders to get view of ground situation ahead of festival season. The power demand is going to rise with onset of Ganesh Festival and problems has arisen on coal supply front due to flooding of mines. In this backdrop, Bawankule asked power companies to step-up production to meet the impending demand.

He informed that a meeting will held during the week by Member Traffic, Railway Board, to streamline coal supply by sorting out problem on transport front. The meeting will also have officials from Mahanadi Coal Fields Ltd and Southern Coalfields Limited from where coal is sought to be brought to thermal power stations in Maharashtra. The meeting is crucial as Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) mines are flooded and also there is dip in its production. Also there are a host of issues between MahaGenco and WCL regarding grading of coal due to which payments have been affected.

During the meeting, coal and power officials aired their respective views. The meeting was held at Koradi wherein Bawankule impressed upon the officials of coal and power companies of the scenario ahead. He directed WCL to ensure supply of quality coal to MahaGenco and the latter should increase sourcing through road route. Similarly, CIMFER should rework its sampling process to eliminate any chances of errors and all sectors should work together.
The coal stock at power plants is at all time low and generation sets have to be shutdown on accounts of shortage. The meeting was attended by officials of MahaGenco, WCL, CIMFER, Dhariwal Energy, Ideal Energy and contractors engaged in transportation of coal through roads.

Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, WCL, informed the meeting that its mines are flooded and hence coal extraction is getting difficult. We have planned on increasing the production to meet the full demand of local power houses. The points raised by Dhariwal and Ideal power plants officials too were sorted out by WCL boss.

The meeting was attended by Chandrakant Thotwe, Director (Operations), MahaGenco; Vikas Jaidev, Director (Projects), MahaGenco; Shyam Wardhane, Advisor and Director, Mining; Raju Burde, and Pradeep Shingade, both Executive Directors; Chief Engineers-Abhay Harne, Rajkumar Taskar, Rajesh Patil and Anant Deotare; Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, CMD, WCL; Dr Sanjay Kumar, Director, (HRD); T N Jha, Director, Projects and Planning; S M Choudhary, Director, Finance; Ravi Choudhary, MD, M/s Dhariwal Energy; S O Deshpande, Ideal Energy; Dr Singh from CIMPHER, and Gokhale.

After the meeting, Chandrakant Thotwe along with Chief Engineer of Koradi and Khaparkheda visited Bhanegaon and Singori Mines of Coal India while Raju Burde went to Dinesh, Gokul and Makardhokda mines in Umrer sub-area to take stock of coal position, transport problems and others issues.