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Coal Shortage In India Causing Electricity Crisis Union Minister Pralhad Joshi Says Some States Are Responsible

News Desk, Amar Ujala, New Delhi

Published by: Gaurav Pandey
Updated Tue, 12 Oct 2021 04:31 PM IST

Summary

The shortage of coal has created a power crisis in the country. Power plants in many states are on the verge of closure. At the same time, amid fears of worsening of the situation, the Center was still rejecting the claim of shortage of coal. But, the Coal Ministry on Tuesday talked of record coal supply and blamed the current crisis on the states.

Union Coal Minister Prahlad Joshi
– Photo : twitter.com/JoshiPralhad

The Central Government, which has so far claimed that there is no shortage of coal in the country, took a U-turn on Tuesday and blamed some states behind the current crisis. The Union Coal Minister said that we had already told the states to increase the stock of coal but then we were not listened to. He said that some states had even asked to stop the supply.

Union Coal Minister Prahlad Joshi said on Tuesday that we supplied 19.40 lakh tonnes of coal yesterday (on Monday), this is the highest ever supply of domestic coal. As far as the states are concerned, by June this year we had requested them to increase the stock of coal, some even started saying ‘Please do a favor, don’t send coal now’.

According to a report by news agency ANI, Joshi said that there was a shortage of coal due to rain, due to which the international prices increased from Rs 60 per tonne to Rs 190. Due to this, imported coal power plants have either shut down for 15-20 days or are producing very little, he said. This has put pressure on domestic coal.

Joshi said that we have continued with our supply, even despite the past dues, we have continued it. We are requesting the states to increase the stock of coal… there will be no shortage of coal.

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The Central Government, which has so far claimed that there is no shortage of coal in the country, took a U-turn on Tuesday and blamed some states behind the current crisis. The Union Coal Minister said that we had already told the states to increase the stock of coal but then we were not listened to. He said that some states had even asked to stop the supply.

Union Coal Minister Prahlad Joshi said on Tuesday that we supplied 19.40 lakh tonnes of coal yesterday (on Monday), this is the highest ever supply of domestic coal. As far as the states are concerned, by June this year we had requested them to increase the stock of coal, some even started saying ‘Please do a favor, don’t send coal now’.

According to a report by news agency ANI, Joshi said that there was a shortage of coal due to rain, due to which the international prices increased from Rs 60 per tonne to Rs 190. Due to this, imported coal power plants have either shut down for 15-20 days or are producing very little, he said. This has put pressure on domestic coal.

Joshi said that we have continued with our supply, even despite the past dues, we have continued it. We are requesting the states to increase the stock of coal… there will be no shortage of coal.

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