Badal writes to J’khand CM over coal supply

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday wrote to his Jharkhand counterpart, Arjun Munda, requesting him to find a solution to the ongoing agitation over a coal mine in Pakur district, which has resulted in halting of coal supply to Punjab's power plants.

Badal requested Munda to resolve the issue involving Panem Coal Mines to pave way for uninterrupted supply of coal to Punjab, which has been currently halted due to the agitation. "The power scenario has been adversely hit due to non-supply of coal, and it could not be allowed to deteriorate further," wrote Badal.

The Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik chief Babulal Marandi, along with former deputy chief minister Stephen Marandi, is leading a protest seeking rehabilitation of people affected by the Panem mines — a joint venture of the Punjab State Electricity Board (now PSPCL) and EMTA Group. ETMA group, which mines about 7 million tonnes of coal from the Pachwara mines in Jharkhand for state's power plants, had warned of stopping supplies due to the agitation. Pachwara (Central) coal block in Pakur was allotted to PSEB in 2002 and being operated by Panem Coal Mines Limited — a joint venture company of PSEB and EMTA Coal Limited.

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