Coal crisis deepens in Uttar Pradesh too
Like many states of the country, the coal crisis for electricity generation in Uttar Pradesh is also deepening. A spokesman of the state government said that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urging him to normalize the supply of coal in the state and provide additional power to the state.
All India Power Engineers Federation President Shailendra Dubey said on Sunday that due to acute shortage of coal in state-owned power units in Uttar Pradesh, the power generation has come down drastically. Due to this excessive power cuts are being done in villages and towns. According to the latest figures of the Energy Department, power cuts of up to three and a half to six and a half hours are being done in these areas.
drop in production
He said that the production of coal by Coal India has declined significantly due to heavy rains in the Eastern Coalfields (in Singrauli, Jharkhand and Bihar) and Central Coalfields (in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh) at the end of September. The mines have been flooded. The current condition is that against the requirement of 25 lakh metric tonnes per day, only 16 lakh 50 thousand metric tonnes of coal is being supplied.
Dubey said that out of the four big government-owned hydro-electric power plants in Uttar Pradesh, only half a day’s coal is left in Parichha and Harduaganj. In Obra and Anpara also only two days of coal is left. The rule is that the power plants located at the mouth of the coal mine should have coal reserves for at least seven days and the plants located far away for at least 15 days.
acute shortage of coal
Dubey said that there has also been a severe shortage of coal in many power plants of NTPC. There are a total of 135 hydroelectric power plants in the country, of which almost half have run out of coal. According to the latest data of Generation Corporation, the power generation in Harduaganj unit of Uttar Pradesh is only 230 MW instead of 610, while in Parichha only 320 MW power is being generated instead of 920 MW capacity.
Dubey said that even in all private power generation units including Lanco and Rosa, coal is available from zero to maximum three days. He told that the situation in Uttar Pradesh has become even more serious because Uttar Pradesh owes about Rs 1500 crore to Coal India, so it has put Uttar Pradesh at number three in the priority list.
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