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Power Crisis in India: Adequate reserves of coal in mines, then why are power plants shutting down? read full report

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The movement of coal has been affected due to excessive rainfall.

Power Crisis in India: The whole world is troubled by the coal crisis at this time. Due to the coal crisis, the production of electricity has been badly affected and the power crisis is spreading rapidly in the world like an epidemic. In our country too, this crisis is spreading rapidly, due to which the power generation companies have to cut. It is believed that due to excessive rainfall in many areas of the country, the movement of coal has been affected, due to which the power crisis has deepened in many states including Delhi and Punjab.

India also imports coal on a large scale. Dozens of power plants in the country depend on imported coal. Coal is at a record high in the international market. In such a situation, imported coal-fired power plants are producing less than half of their capacity. For these two reasons, the power generation sector is under double pressure. The country has recorded record production of coal this year, but excessive rainfall has affected the movement of fuel from coal mines to power generation units. It has had a profound impact on power generation in many states including Gujarat, Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi and Tamil Nadu.

Power generation cut in many states

Power supply has also been affected in Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh due to the coal crisis. While power producers and distributors have warned of power cuts, claiming that only two days of coal are left, the Coal Ministry says that there is enough coal stock in the country and the goods are being replenished continuously.

Work slows down at Tata and Adani’s plants in Mundra

In addition, power plants that use imported coal to generate electricity have either reduced production or shut down completely due to the jump in prices. Tata Power, which supplies 1850 MW to Gujarat, 475 to Punjab, 380 to Rajasthan, 760 to Maharashtra and 380 MW to Haryana, has stopped generation from its imported coal-fired power plant in Mundra, Gujarat. Adani Power’s Mundra unit is also facing a similar problem.

Tata Power ceases production

In this regard, a Tata Power spokesperson said, “We have stopped production at our power plant at Mundra. It is impossible to supply electricity under the current power purchase agreement due to the high cost of imported coal. Adani Power did not comment on this crisis at the moment.

There is enough coal in the mines, but there is a problem of transportation

A top coal ministry official said, “There are reserves of about 40 million tonnes in mines and 7.5 million tonnes in power plants. Transportation of coal from mines to power plants has been a problem as the mines have been flooded due to excessive rains. But now it is being dealt with and the supply of coal to power plants is increasing.”

CM of many states wrote a letter to PM Modi

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra regarding the power crisis. He said in the letter that he is personally monitoring the situation and trying his best to ensure that such a situation does not happen. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy also said in a letter to the Prime Minister, “The last stage of harvesting requires more water and if water is not available, the fields dry up and farmers have to suffer.”

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Shehnaz is a Corporate Communications Expert by profession and writer by Passion. She has experience of many years in the same. Her educational background in Mass communication has given her a broad base from which to approach many topics. She enjoys writing about Public relations, Corporate communications, travel, entrepreneurship, insurance, and finance among others.

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Shehnaz Ali
Shehnaz is a Corporate Communications Expert by profession and writer by Passion. She has experience of many years in the same. Her educational background in Mass communication has given her a broad base from which to approach many topics. She enjoys writing about Public relations, Corporate communications, travel, entrepreneurship, insurance, and finance among others.

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