Kerala Loses right to develop Odisha coal block

Published on: 15 Dec, 2012
Published under: General Kerala News, Thiruvananthapuram District News

14 December 2012

The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has forfeited permission to develop the Baitarani west coal block in Odisha for want of a ‘purposeful follow-up’. The de-allocation follows recommendations to this effect from an inter-ministerial group at the Centre, according to sources. The State was faced with the gravest crisis on record after the commissioning of the Idukki hydroelectric project more than three decades ago.

This coal block, with reserves of 600 million tonnes, was jointly allocated in 2007 to the Odisha Hydro Power Corporation, Gujarat Power Corporation and KSEB.
The State Electricity Regulatory Authority had sounded alert of the impending crisis in advance. The Government had failed miserably in fetching the State its quota of 281 MW from the Central pool, which would have helped tide over the crisis.


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