The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav, has given many statements in the recent past about ensuring adequate coal supply on a regular basis to the state to solve the electricity power crisis.
There are also news that in the near future e-auctions of coal blocks would take place. According to a report by SBI Research, out of 24 coal blocks being put on auction, Chhattisgarh will be the biggest beneficiary with mineable reserves of 567.77 million tonne, followed by Jharkhand (348.42 mt) and Madhya Pradesh (293.02 mt).
The other States which will benefit are Bengal (137 mt.), Maharashtra (39.02 mt) and Orissa (33.84 mt). These states together have a mineable reserves of 1,419 million.
Going by the above, Akhilesh Yadav is requested to do everything possible for successfully bidding and getting a good portion of coal blocks through the above auctions for his State. Such a situation would ensure that Uttar Pradesh State has gone a step ahead in the right direction in getting hold of coal mines from where coal can be regularly transported to the State for ensuring coal based power plants running efficiently in the future.
It looks like there is an opportunity presented through the above e-auction of coal mines and the State of Uttar Pradesh wanting regular supply of coal can seize this opportunity for gaining control of some coal mines which should be adequate for supply of coal to the State on a regular basis.