New Delhi: The prices of coal imported from abroad have reached record levels. Due to this the import of coal has come down. This is having an impact on coal-fired power plants.
Coal crisis arose due to these two reasons
According to sources, due to the shortage of coal, the power crisis has deepened in many states including Delhi and Punjab. In many areas of the country, the coal supply has also been hampered due to the rains till late this year. For these two reasons, the power generation sector is under double pressure. As a result, coal-fired power plants are producing less than half of their capacity.
Power generation affected due to non-availability of coal
According to sources, there has been a record production of coal this year in the country. However, due to the active monsoon for a long time, the supply of coal from coal mines to power plants was greatly affected. Due to which power generation has been affected deeply in many states including Gujarat, Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi, Jharkhand, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
Companies asked to be ready for power cuts
Many power plants and power distribution companies, claiming to have only two days of coal left, have asked people to be ready to face power cuts. Tata Power, which supplies 1850 MW to Gujarat, 475 to Punjab, 380 to Rajasthan, 760 to Maharashtra and 380 MW to Haryana, has stopped generation from its imported coal-fired power plant in Mundra, Gujarat. Adani Power’s Mundra unit is also facing a similar problem.
Adequate reserves of coal in the country – Ministry of Coal
At the same time, the Ministry of Coal says that there is sufficient coal reserves in the country and the goods are being replenished continuously. A top coal ministry official said, “There are reserves of about 40 million tonnes in mines and 7.5 million tonnes in power plants. Transportation of coal from mines to power plants has been a problem as the mines have been flooded due to excessive rains. Now it is being disposed off and the supply of coal to power plants is increasing.
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Delhi-Andhra CM wrote a letter to the Prime Minister
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra regarding the power crisis. He said in the letter that he is personally monitoring this situation and trying his best to ensure that such a situation does not happen. And Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has also written a similar letter to the Prime Minister. In this letter, he said, ‘More water is required in the last stage of harvesting. In such a situation, if water is not available, then the fields dry up and farmers have to suffer.