Earlier this month, the High Level Empowered Committee (HLEC) set up by Government of India in July 2018 came out with its report on stranded thermal power projects. The Committee, chaired by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, has assessed the landscape of these stranded assets and identified the various reasons that have contributed to the current scenario. This report focused on 34 thermal power stations, totalling to a capacity of 40 gigawatt (GW), which are entirely fuelled by coal and lignite. The report has also suggested measures to resolve the challenges. These power plants were first identified by the Ministry of Power as stressed assets in March 2017.
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