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Center vs State on coal shortage amid fears of blackout: 10 points

Coal Ministry says enough coal is available in the country

New Delhi:
All bodes well for the Center on the coal situation in the country, with several states saying the distress and concerns over power blackouts are genuine. Many Chief Ministers have written letters to PM Modi highlighting this.

Here are the top 10 developments in this big story:

  1. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has called Power Minister RK Singh’s “adequate” coal stock statement “irresponsible”, saying the same thing during the second wave of COVID-19 in the capital amid oxygen shortage crisis Went. “When we had an oxygen crisis, they kept saying that there is no such crisis. Same is the case with coal. We have a crisis today,” Mr Sisodia said.

  2. a “Unnecessary panic has been created over the shortage of coal“And this is because of miscommunication from GAIL and Tata, Union Power Minister RK Singh said. “We have enough power available… We are supplying electricity to the entire country. Whoever wants, give me a demand and I will supply them,” he said.

  3. Mr Singh said, supply regularly drops during monsoons as mines are flooded, but demand remains high, especially with a growing economy.

  4. His colleague, Coal Minister Prahlad Joshi, said the rise in the international price of coal in the country this year and heavy rains contributed to its shortage. He added that “in another three to four days, things will be fine”.

  5. Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had written to PM Modi, warning that the national capital “might face a blackout” if supplies do not improve.

  6. The Power Minister also objected to Mr. Kejriwal flagging off the issue of coal shortage to the Prime Minister. “The Chief Minister of Delhi should have spoken to me,” he said, adding, “The Lieutenant Governor of Delhi called me yesterday (Saturday) and I assured him that there is no shortage in Delhi. We have power stations on stand-by. are,” he said. .

  7. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has sought PM Modi’s “immediate personal attention” while describing the situation as “quite alarming”.

  8. Due to acute shortage of coal in thermal power plants, Punjab has already imposed rotational load shedding at many places. An official of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited was quoted by news agency Press Trust of India as saying that there is coal stock left in the plants for five days.

  9. The Coal Ministry on Sunday assured the country that there is enough coal available to meet the demand of power plants in the country. In an official release, the ministry said that any fear of disruption in power supply is completely false. “The coal stock at the power plant end is about 72 lakh tonnes, which is enough to require 4 days, and the coal India Limited (CIL) end is over 400 lakh tonnes, which is being supplied to the power plants. “

  10. Amid the lack of coal supply, residents of Bihar, Rajasthan and Jharkhand are facing power cuts for up to 14 hours a day.

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