Mumbai, Oct 7 (PTI) In view of acute shortage of coal that power plants are facing in some parts of the state, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today directed officials to restore supply within a week.

Several parts of Maharashtra are facing load shedding as thermal power plants have run short of coal.

A statement by the chief minister’s office said Fadnavis met officials from the Coal Ministry, Coal India Ltd, Railways, various coal companies and Maharashtra Energy Department today.

“CM Devendra Fadnavis instructed to restore coal supply and use even roads for coal transportation to bring relief to people as soon as possible,” the statement said.

“The CM specifically asked to bring back the situation to normal within seven days,” it added.

Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said the shortage of coal didn’t come about suddenly and the BJP-led state government was responsible for the “mess”.

“We will be keenly watching coal purchase and electricity supply by private companies,” Sawant said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.