New Delhi: India is currently facing coal shortage which has worried state leaders across the country. From Delhi to Punjab to Uttar Pradesh, most states in India may face temporary power cuts in the coming days, pushing the country into some dark days till the issue is resolved.
However, the situation seems to be improving somewhat. The total dispatch of coal by Coal India reached 1.501 MT on 7 October, bridging the gap between consumption and actual supply.
Further, the Ministry of Coal and Coal India is trying to increase the dispatch to the power sector to 1.6 MT per day in the next three days and touching 1.7 MT per day thereafter.
The coal supply and the current power crisis are likely to improve. Ministry of Power has also issued guidelines for ‘Operation of optimum utilization of generating stations as per requirement in the power grid’.
Here is the latest update in Indian states:
Delhi power crisis
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the situation. He said that people may have to face power crisis in the coming time in the capital Delhi.
The Chief Minister of Delhi says that he himself is monitoring it. His intention is that in the coming times, people do not have to face the problem of power cuts.
In addition, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (DDL) sent phone messages to its customers in Delhi requesting them to use electricity judiciously in the afternoon, citing the ongoing issue.
Uttar Pradesh power crisis
A total of 14 power plants in Uttar Pradesh have temporarily stopped functioning. Eight power stations stopped functioning due to shortage of coal, while six other power plants in the state have shut down due to other reasons.
Presently the power demand is around 20,000 to 21,000 MW. However, the supply has been reduced to only 17,000 MW. To deal with the shortfall, officials have announced power cuts for four to five hours in some rural areas.
Punjab power crisis
Severe shortage of coal at thermal power plants in Punjab has forced power utility PSPCL to cut power generation and impose rotational load shedding at several places in the state.
An official of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) said on Saturday that coal-fired power plants are running at low capacity due to shortage of coal. A PSPCL official said that due to the critical power situation, coal reserves are left with power plants in the state for five days. Read also: Air India sale: Here’s how UPA’s Praful Patel, AK Antony, others put the national carrier in debt
Power crisis in Bihar, Rajasthan and Jharkhand
According to a Reuters report, the shortage of coal has led to a supply crunch in states such as Bihar, Rajasthan and Jharkhand, where residents are facing power cuts for up to 14 hours a day. Read also: Air India sale: How years of UPA mismanagement ousted the Maharaja from power?