A Delhi minister today said there could be a power failure in the national capital in the next two days if the supply of coal to power plants does not improve. Delhi joins a long line of states, including Tamil Nadu and Odisha, who have raised concerns over long power cuts due to shortage of coal at power plants.
More than half of India’s 135 coal-fired power plants, which supply nearly 70 percent of the country’s electricity, have fuel stocks of less than three days, data from the central grid operator shows. The news agency Reuters reported earlier this week.
“If coal supply does not improve, Delhi will face power failure in two days,” the national capital’s power minister Satyendar Jain said today. “The coal-fired power plants that supply electricity to Delhi are required to maintain a coal stock of at least one month, but now it has come down to one day,” Jain said.
The minister in Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said, “Our request to the Center is to arrange railway wagons and transport coal to the plants at the earliest. All the plants are already running at only 55 per cent capacity. are.” Government said.