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Coordination between power, coal, railway ministries at lowest level; common man facing problems: Moily

New Delhi, May 2 (PTI) Amid reports of power shortage in various states of the country, senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily on Monday hit out at the Center, saying coordination between the ministries of power, coal and railways was at its lowest. level and due to this the common man is facing problems.

The power deficit sharply increased from 5.24 GW on Monday last week to 10.77 GW on Thursday.

Moily said in a statement that the biggest reason for the shortage of coal is the increasing demand for electricity in the last few years.

He said that states have blamed the sharp rise in global coal prices, which is affecting the plants using imported coal, as well as the shortage of railway rakes by the states.

He said that while the states have blamed short supply of coal for the power crisis, on the other hand the Center blamed opposition-ruled states like Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu for failing to pay dues to Coal India and Indian Railways. which provides rakes for the supply of coal from the mines to the power stations.

The former Union minister said the situation may worsen in September-October if power companies do not store coal before the onset of monsoon. He said that coal-rich states like West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha have alleged That they have been financially disadvantaged because the NDA government has amended old laws, which give states the right to royalty on coal. He said the money goes to the Centre.

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