The country is facing the crisis of coal shortage these days. Due to this, power cuts are also being done in many parts. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to hold a review meeting on the apprehensions of power crisis. This meeting is likely to take place today itself. Earlier, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had a meeting with Power Minister RK Singh, Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi and other cabinet ministers in-charge of coal and power ministries to discuss the issue.
Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi has said that there is no threat of disruption in power supply. Let us tell you that many states have expressed immediate concern over the blackout due to shortage of coal. Several chief ministers, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab’s Charanjit Channi, have written to the Centre. He says that the power situation has become critical. They have urged the intervention of PM Modi to ensure the supply of coal to the states.
According to data from the Central Electricity Authority of India, many thermal plants in the country are facing unprecedented shortage of coal reserves. This can cause power crisis. As of 5 October, 106 of the 135 plants using coal for power generation were in either the critical or supercritical stage. That is, they only had stock for the next 6-7 days.
The Center has cited several factors that have led to the current coal shortage. The Center says the second wave of Covid-19 has led to a sharp rise in demand, with heavy monsoon rains in some areas, affecting coal movement. This has also been attributed to the sharp rise in the prices of imported coal.
Union Power Minister RK Singh on Monday chaired a meeting with BSES officials, NTPC and Ministry of Power and confirmed that there is no problem related to supply and demand channels which may create power crisis.