The competition watchdog Competition Commission of India has slapped a hefty Rs 1,773 crore fine on Coal India for its abuse of its dominant position as a fuel supplier. The CCI order has come on a complaint filed by the Maharashtra State Power Generation Co and Gujarat State Electricity Corp against Coal India and its subsidiaries (Mahanadi Coalfields, Western Coalfields, South Eastern Coalfields).
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Mahagenco had complained that CIL had been supplying low quality coal at higher prices and imposing non-transparent conditions on quality and other parameters. CCI has held that CIL operates independently of market forces and has undisputed dominance in non-coking coal. It also held CIL responsible for imposing unfair conditions in Fuel Supply Agreements (FSAs) with the power producers supplying non-coking coal. It also directed CIL to ensure parity between old and new power producers and between private and PSU power producers, as far as practicable.
Notably, Coal India accounts for over 80% of the 53 crore million tonne coal produced in the country.