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Amid blackout concerns, coal shortage fears, Centre’s assurance: 10 points

65 to 70 per cent of the electricity demand is being met from coal fired power plants.

New Delhi:
After several states raised concerns over the blackout, the Center has said that the rise in the international price of coal has led to its shortage, affecting the supply of power plants. The situation will be “fixed” in the next few days, it said

Here are the top 10 updates to this big story:

  1. Union Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi also said that heavy rains in the country this year have also contributed to the coal shortage. “However, if you compare with the last several years, the production and dispatch of coal has been the highest in September and especially in October. In the next three to four days, things will be fine,” Mr. Joshi told news agency. was quoted as saying by PTI. .

  2. The power ministry listed four reasons for shortfall in coal stocks in power plants – unprecedented rise in power demand due to the revival of the economy, heavy rains in coal mine areas, rise in the price of imported coal and legacy issues such as heavy Maharashtra, Dues of coal companies in some states like Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

  3. An inter-ministerial sub-group headed by the Coal Ministry is monitoring the coal stock position twice a week, it said in a statement on Saturday. The Ministry and Coal India Limited have assured that they are making best efforts to increase the dispatch to the power sector to 1.6 million tonnes or MT per day in the next three days and thereafter to reach 1.7 MT per day. Huh.

  4. Several states including Gujarat, Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi and Tamil Nadu raised concerns over the blackout. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has warned the national capital in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “May face blackout” If the supply of coal to power plants does not improve, then in the next two days

  5. State-run NTPC, the country’s largest power producer, has also been directed to augment coal stock at two coal-fired plants near Delhi to ensure adequate supply.

  6. Neighboring Punjab has imposed rotational load shedding Due to acute shortage of coal in thermal power plants in the state at many places. An official of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited was quoted by news agency PTI as saying that the state’s power plants have coal reserves for five days.

  7. Chhattisgarh, another state facing power crunch, has said that it is making efforts to ensure that there is no shortfall in the supply of coal in the state. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said, “Our officers are making continuous efforts to maintain the supply of coal in the state. Officials are monitoring the situation. Efforts are being made to ensure that there is no shortfall in supply.”

  8. In the south, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday sought “immediate personal attention” from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to monitor the power generation scenario and take appropriate remedial measures to tackle the crisis. Considering the precarious financial position of the state, it was not able to procure the required power from the open market as the purchase price has also gone up with the increasing demand.

  9. Daily consumption of electricity has exceeded 4 billion units per day and dependence on coal is increasing, with only 65 percent to 70 percent of demand being met by coal-fired power plants.

  10. Earlier, on Tuesday, Union Energy Minister RK Singh rubbished media reports of coal shortage in the country and said there is no coal crisis in India like China and the country is in a position to meet the growing demand for coal.

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