Coal India Ltd.’s (CIL) plan to build two coal-fired  power plants through its subsidiaries Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) and South Eastern Coalfields Ltd (SECL) has been approved by the cabinet of the Committee on Economic Affairs, PSU Watch reported. The SECL plant will be a 660-mw supercritical coal-fired power plant in Madhya Pradesh. The MCL will be a 2×800 mw (1,600 mw) Supercritical Thermal Power Plant in Odisha. India’s Central Electricity Authority has projected a peak power demand of 256 gigawatts (gw) in 2024-2025, which is substantially higher than the 2023-2024 peak of 221 gw.