Power producers have made a fresh appeal to the Centre to release a coal linkage policy soon. They have argued the coal linkage policy announced by the previous UPA government had covered 78,000 MW to be commercially operational by March 31, 2015. It did not include capacity addition of another 78,000 MW, of which 20,000 MW have valid coal linkages, which are due to be commissioned in 2016-17 and beyond. Union Minister for Power and Coal Piyush Goyal has said a new coal linkage policy will be declared soon. He, however, did not indicate a date. ´The fuel supply agreement policy framework announced earlier was limited to 78,000 MW, with the expected commercial operation date set at March 31, 2015,´ said Ashok Khurana, DG, Association of Power Producers. ´For projects beyond 78,000 MW, there is no policy. These include projects with coal linkages, projects that lost mines due to the Supreme Court order, and projects that have achieved their commercial operation date but have no coal,´ he added.