The power crisis in India may deepen. (signal picture)
The Ministry of Power had issued guidelines for coal-fired power plants. It is being told that a day after this, a core management team monitoring the condition of coal stocks in the country said on Saturday that the situation in power plants is likely to improve soon. The committee reviewed the situation amid reports of acute shortage of coal in several states. It was noted that the total dispatch of coal by Coal India Limited (CIL) reached 1.501 MT as on 7 October, bridging the gap between consumption and actual supply.
The Core Management Team (CMT) has assured that the coal dispatch is likely to reach 1.7 MT per day after three days, which will improve the coal supply and power situation. The team cited a surge in power demand, heavy rains in coal mine areas, rise in imported coal prices to an unprecedented high level and lack of adequate stock before the onset of monsoon as the primary reasons for shortage of coal. is included. According to CMT, dependence on coal has increased from 65 per cent to 70 per cent. More than 4 billion units of electricity per day are being consumed by coal-fired power generation.
The monitoring team has also noted that chronic issues of huge arrears of coal companies of some states have added to the crisis. The Ministry of Power on Friday issued guidelines for operating the best use of generating stations in the power grid. Regarding the possible power crisis in Delhi, the Petroleum Secretary has told that necessary gas will be supplied to Bawana and Pragati stations. Directed NTPC to augment coal stock for Dadri and Jhajjar stations.
Delhi may face power crisis: Kejriwal
In fact, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday that the people of the national capital may face power crisis due to shortage of coal. Along with this, he urged the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to deliver coal and gas to the generating plants supplying electricity in the national capital. Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain said the crisis has averted for two days after the gas supply was restored at the Bawana plant. He said there could be a ‘blackout’ in the national capital if power is not supplied by NTPC Ltd in the coming days. The minister also said that he feels that the crisis is ‘man-made’. Jain held a high level meeting with the officials of the electricity department and power distribution companies and discussed the issue and its possible solution.
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