Amidst controversy surrounding the allocation of coal fields to power and steel companies, Anil Ambani-led Reliance Power has commenced production of coal at mines allocated to it in Sasan, Madhya Pradesh.

“Coal from the mines, produced ahead of schedule, will be used to generate electricity at the company’s Sasan Ultra Mega Power Plant,” the company said.

“There will be annual production of 20 million tonnes from the Moher and Moher-Amlohri coal mines associated with the Sasan project,” it added.

“This is a milestone moment for Reliance and for the Indian power sector. Scarcity of coal is one of the biggest challenges facing the power sector in India. We will be able to get 20 million tonnes per annum from these mines as a result of our efforts to optimise coal production by deploying latest and advanced mining technologies,” Anil D. Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Power, said in a release.

“We remain committed to increasing coal production in India to reduce imports and save precious foreign exchange. For the Sasan mines, we have deployed the largest, mining equipment ever used in Indian mining history to produce coal,” the release quoted J. P. Chalasani, CEO, as saying.

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