New Delhi: Piyush Goyal , MoS with Independent Charge for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy, today reiterated that his government has made the coal auction process transparent and that it has changed the era of coal deficit to coal surplus.
Speaking at the India TV ‘SAMVAAD’ conclave, organized to assess the works of 2-yr-old Narendra Modi government, Goyal said that providing 24x7 power is the target of his government and it is committed to fulfill the promise.
“There was a time when coal crisis was making the headlines. Soon after coming to power, we converted this challenge into an opportunity. We developed a transparent system and made the foundation so strong that I can claim for the next 100 years, no politicians or officers can give the natural resources (blocks) to their relatives. The situation has changed completely today, we don’t have shortage of coal now,” he said.
“We never said that people will have to wait for 5 years for electricity. All standard plants are in operation today. We commissioned 4500 megawatt plants in last 2 years. We are coal surplus today,” he added.
"At present, not a single power plant in the country is facing shortage of coal," Goel added.
Goyal further said, "when BJP-led NDA formed the government, it had 2 options, one was quick-fix and second was long-term which will take nearly 3-4 years to deliver’. Modiji said that we should develop a strong foundation so that the outcome can be visible for a long time.”