Bhubaneswar: The  price of coal has become the major concern for smooth running of thermal power plants in the State. But there seems to be no end in sight to the power crisis in Odisha. Moreover with the State facing power crisis, the abrupt increase in the price of all grades of coal by Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) has added more to the agony of the thermal power stations, who are already facing acute shortage of coal.

This hike came into effect after the Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission fixed it’s power tariff.

As remarked by Minister of State for Energy, Mr. Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, “The hike in price of thermal grade coal by MCL shows the profiteering motive of the company at the expense of the State.”

Adding more Mr. Nayak said, “MCL had miserably failed to meet the coal demand of the thermal power stations and other industries having captive power plants. The State-owned Odisha Power Generation Corporation (OPGC) had to import coal through Minerals and Metals Trading Corporation (MMTC) a couple of months ago to meet its coal requirement.”

Though the State Government protested the hike, the Union Coal Ministry is yet to issue necessary instructions to the Coal India Limited (CIL) subsidiary to roll back the price hike.