No shortage of coal at power plants in state, says Odisha govt

 Amid power supply crisis in several states due to coal shortage, the Odisha government on Saturday said there is no shortage of coal at any power plant in the state.

Speaking to reporters here, Chief Secretary SC Mahapatra said there is no coal crisis in Odisha like other states where power supply is being cut down for 10 to 12 hours per day due to its shortage.

"We have coal mines in the state. I have instructed Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) to ensure supply of adequate quantity of coal to all power plants in the state," he said.

Though there is no coal crisis in the state, Odisha is facing a power crisis due to an outage of a NTPC unit and increase in demand in view of severe heat wave conditions, official sources said.

The sudden outage in an 800-megawatt (MW) capacity unit at NTPC's Darlipali plant in Sundergarh district has led to the power crisis in the state as it used to get 400 MW