Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday directed the officials to restore acute shortage of coal supply to the power plants in some parts of the state within a week.
Several parts of the state are facing load shedding as thermal power plants have run short of coal.
Fadnavis met officials from the Coal Ministry, Coal India Ltd, Railways, various coal companies and Maharashtra Energy Department on Saturday, the chief minister’s office issued a statement.
“CM Devendra Fadnavis instructed to restore coal supply and use even roads for coal transportation to bring relief to people as soon as possible,” the CM office’s said.
“The CM specifically asked to bring back the situation to normal within seven days,” it added.
The shortage of coal didn’t come about suddenly and the BJP-led state government was responsible for the “mess”, Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said.
“We will be keenly watching coal purchase and electricity supply by private companies,” he said.
(With PTI inputs)