Several north Indian states are staring at blackouts as a severe shortage of coal is crippling power generation. The acute shortage of thermal plants in Punjab forced PSPCL to cut production and impose load shedding at several places, while in Rajasthan the supply is being cut for an hour per day.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged the Center to intervene to address the impending energy crisis in the national capital.
The impact of the shortage was also felt in other parts of the country including Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
Meanwhile, Union Coal Minister Prahlad Joshi said sharp rise in international prices and excessive rainfall could be attributed to its shortage. He, however, said the situation would be “fixed” in three-four days.
A Coal Ministry official said that India has sufficient reserves of coal, but due to rains, transportation from mines to plants has been affected.
“The mines have coal reserves of about 40 million tonnes and power plants have reserves of 7.5 million tonnes,” he said.