Union Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi said on Thursday that India has enough coal reserves for 50 years and currently has 8 million tonnes in stock.
Joshi’s statements came during a meeting between the Union Coal Ministry’s Rajasthan Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited (RUVNL) and Coal India Limited. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot attended the event.
Joshi stated that the rail-sea route is now preferred for coal transport to reduce transport time.
“Under this MoU, Coal India will set up an 1190 MW solar power project in Rajasthan. More than 5 billion euros will be invested in it. Meanwhile, the company provides Rs 2 crore annually to the Rajasthan Vidyut Utpadan Nigam for the operation and maintenance of the solar park. Meanwhile, Coal India Limited has to implement this project within the next 2 years, “the release said.
“The Rajasthan government has given the commitment to develop a 2000 MW solar park to Rajasthan Vidyut Utpadan Nigam. The Gehlot government allotted 4846 acres of land at Poogal, Bikaner.
The 810 MW solar project is being built by the production company itself in Aurinkopuisto. While the 1,190 MW solar power project will be set up by Coal India Limited, “he added.
At the event, Ashok Gehlot and Prahlad Joshi showered each other with praise. Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi called Gehlot the top leader of the country.
For some reason, coal has been blocked from concessional coal mines in Parsa East and Kanta Basan in Chhattisgarh to Rajasthan. The government of India is also working on this, but PM Gehlot should also talk to the government of Chhattisgarh. “
Joshi said that despite the recommendation of the government of Chhattisgarh, the mining zone will not be canceled and the parties are cooperating. Agarwal, President , CIL, and Rajesh Kumar Sharma, Head, RRVUN, signed the MoU for the proposed project.
On the occasion, Minister of State for Power Bhanwar Singh Bhati, Chief Secretary, Government ofRajasthan, Usha Sharma, Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Dr AK Jain and other officers were present on this occasion.