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Power Crisis: Less Than Four Days Coal In 70 Plants, Pm Modi S Principal Secretary Will Meet Today With Ministry Of Power And Coal Secretary

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According to a report, for the last 15 days, 36 units of 10 power plants are lying closed due to shortage of coal. So now the round of meetings has started. Union Home Minister Amit Shah has already held a meeting in this regard on Monday.

According to government data, the number of plants with coal stocks for less than four days increased from 64 to 70 in a week amid the ongoing coal crisis in the country. These figures are as of Sunday. If coal does not reach these plants, then power generation can stop at any time.

The Union Power Ministry and Coal Secretary will present detailed information related to the current situation before the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday held an important meeting with Energy Minister RK Singh and Coal Minister Prahlad Joshi on resolving the problem. It is noteworthy that the Energy Minister had assured the country on Sunday that sufficient coal is available to meet the demand of power plants and no shortage will be allowed in it.

Home Minister’s meeting with officers lasted for about an hour
Top officials of the Ministry of Power, Coal and NTPC were also present in the meeting that lasted for about an hour at the North Block office along with Home Minister Shah. In fact, many states including Delhi, Punjab and Maharashtra had requested for providing coal. However, the Center had clarified that there is sufficient stock of coal.

13 power generation units closed in Mumbai
In Maharashtra, 13 production units of power plants have been closed due to shortage of coal. Due to this, Mumbai, which is called the financial capital of the country, has also faced the problem of power shortage. At the same time, production units in Chandrapur, Bhusaval, Nashik etc. plants are also closed. Maharashtra’s electricity department has started a search to get power from other sources, including hydroelectricity.

Along with this, citizens are being asked to use electricity carefully from 6 to 10 in the morning and from 6 to 10 in the evening. State Energy Secretary Dinesh Waghmare said, “There is one and a half day’s stock of coal left. Production is also declining in South Indian states amid cuts in other states.

Power plants in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Kerala have an average coal stock of four to seven days. In many plants, the stock is being told for two days. These states have expressed apprehension of increasing the crisis if the supply does not improve soon. Due to lack of supply, production is also not increasing.

Production stalled in these units
According to the monitoring report of the Central Electricity Authority dated October 6, 2021, 36 units of 10 power plants are closed for at least 15 days due to shortage of coal. These include the plants of Guru Hargobind, Plantation, Suratgarh, Nawapara, Salaya, Nasik, Bhusaval, Udupi, Sagardighi and Hiranmayi.

As power generation in Punjab was severely affected, cities were cut for five hours on Monday, while farmers too got electricity for only three hours instead of six. Supply will remain affected till Dussehra.

Haryana: Half of coal supply
At present 8 rakes of coal are required daily in Haryana, but only 4 rakes are available. The stock in the plants has come down from 25 days to just 4 days. Despite this, there is no power crisis in the state at present.

Due to the shortage of coal, there was less generation of 5250 MW power in UP on Sunday, due to which the unannounced cuts have been extended in the cities as well. Coal has been supplied to some plants, but there is still no coal for more than a day or two. Depleting coal reserves have slowed down the pace of electricity generation.

On Sunday, government plants produced less than 1100 MW. Private companies’ plants produced 2550 MW and NTPC 1600 MW less power. On an average, 20,000 MW of electricity is generated every day in the state.

Expansion

According to government data, the number of plants with coal stocks for less than four days increased from 64 to 70 in a week amid the ongoing coal crisis in the country. These figures are as of Sunday. If coal does not reach these plants, then power generation can stop at any time.

The Union Power Ministry and Coal Secretary will present detailed information related to the current situation before the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday held an important meeting with Energy Minister RK Singh and Coal Minister Prahlad Joshi on resolving the problem. It is noteworthy that the Energy Minister had assured the country on Sunday that sufficient coal is available to meet the demand of power plants and no shortage will be allowed in it.

Home Minister’s meeting with officers lasted for about an hour

Top officials of the Ministry of Power, Coal and NTPC were also present in the meeting that lasted for about an hour at the North Block office along with Home Minister Shah. In fact, many states including Delhi, Punjab and Maharashtra had requested for providing coal. However, the Center had clarified that there is sufficient stock of coal.

13 power generation units closed in Mumbai

In Maharashtra, 13 production units of power plants have been closed due to shortage of coal. Due to this, Mumbai, which is called the financial capital of the country, has also faced the problem of power shortage. At the same time, production units in Chandrapur, Bhusaval, Nashik etc. plants are also closed. Maharashtra’s electricity department has started a search to get power from other sources, including hydroelectricity.

Along with this, citizens are being asked to use electricity carefully from 6 to 10 in the morning and from 6 to 10 in the evening. State Energy Secretary Dinesh Waghmare said, “There is one and a half day’s stock of coal left. Production is also declining in South Indian states amid cuts in other states.

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