The central government on 21-03-2016 told the Delhi high court that the mining capacity of Reliance Power Ltd's Sasan power project in Madhya Pradesh had been increased to 17.2 million tonnes (mt).
Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Power had asked the high court to direct the government to increase the mining capacity at its Sasan ultra mega power project (UMPP) to 19 mt as it was falling short of its coal requirement from other blocks.
The earlier prescribed limit for Reliance Power was 16 mt of coal. The coal ministry increased this to 17.2 mt by an order dated 15 March.
A bench comprising chief justice G. Rohini and Jayant Nath allowed Reliance Power to file its objections to this order.
The order, a copy of which Mint reviewed, says that Reliance Power could produce upto 17.2 mt coal from its Moher and Moher Amlorhri extension coal blocks in Madhya Pradesh, so long as this was used only for the Sasan UMPP.
UMPPs are projects capable of generating at least 4,000 megawatts of electricity.
Reliance Power moved the Delhi high court against a 7 May 2015 decision cancelling the allocation of Chhatrasal block. The government in November defended its decision, saying that Reliance Power had on several occasions represented that its Sasan unit required only 16 mt per annum of coal which could be easily met by the Moher and Moher-Amlohri extension coal blocks.