Rajasthan on Friday said it will take an hourly power cut due to a nationwide coal shortage that has pushed many utilities to the brink of running out of coal.
Rajasthan’s government-run utility said it would cut 10 major cities that are home to millions of people, making it the first state to officially schedule an outage because of the crisis.
Northern states, including Rajasthan, have faced power supply shortages of up to 14 hours in some areas, an analysis of government data and interviews with residents showed, contrary to government assurances that there is enough power.
The shortage in India – the world’s second largest coal consumer – follows widespread outages in neighboring China, which has closed factories due to the crisis.
More than half of India’s 135 coal-fired power plants, which supply nearly 70% of the country’s electricity, have fuel stocks of less than three days, data from the federal grid operator showed.
The eastern states of Jharkhand and Bihar are also hardest hit by coal shortages, according to an analysis of daily load dispatch data from federal grid regulator POSOCO.
Separately, Andhra Pradesh said that acute supply shortage is pushing it towards unscheduled power cuts, adding that crops may dry up if electricity is not supplied to irrigation pumps.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, “The final stage of harvesting requires more water and if it is rejected, the fields will dry up and farmers will suffer.” Will happen.”
Mr Reddy suggested that deepwater well gas supplies available with ONGC and Reliance be used to revive stranded gas-fired plants in the state, and financial institutions borrowed liberally to distribution companies to buy coal. Should give.
“The rates are increasing day by day in the real-time power markets. This is a very alarming situation and if the situation persists, the financial condition of the distribution companies will worsen,” Reddy said in the letter.
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