Power Minister Piyush Goyal wants to resolve the electricity crisis, which is mounting every passing day. Moreover, he has promised 24X 7 power supplies to a few states including New Delhi, Rajasthan, and Andhra Pradesh. How would he fulfill this dream? If the supply of coal is the main hindrance then he has yet another plan to double coal production from present 500 MT to 1 billion Tonnes in the next four years.
The fate of the two hundred-odd coal blocks allocated since 1993 hangs in the balance after the Supreme Court declared that these allocations were made arbitrarily and illegally. A further hearing on the issue is scheduled on 1st September, when the apex court is expected to decide whether to scrap the allocations altogether, or to impose some sort of penalty on those involved.