Regarding the power crisis arising in many states of the country, the central government said on Tuesday that the reason behind the shortage of coal is heavy rains, due to which the international prices have increased. Union Coal Minister Prahlad Joshi said that the power plants based on imported coal have almost shut down for 15-20 days or are generating very little production. Since then they are putting pressure on domestic coal.
The Union minister said that there was a shortage of coal due to rain, which led to an increase in international prices from Rs 60 per tonne to Rs 190 per tonne. Subsequently imported coal power plants either shut down for 15-20 days or produce very little. This put pressure on domestic coal.
He said that we have continued with our supply, even after the dues are due. We are requesting them (states) to increase the stock. There will be no shortage of coal. Let us tell you that earlier Joshi had denied power failure due to shortage of coal in the country.
According to the Ministry of Power, the reason behind the current power crisis?
1- Heavy rains in the coal mine areas in September adversely affected coal production as well as transportation of coal from the mines.
2- Sharp rise in the price of imported coal, sharp reduction in power generation from imported coal-fired power plants and increased dependence on domestic coal.
3- Failure of companies to stockpile sufficient coal before the onset of monsoon is also one of the reasons.
4- Coal companies in some states like Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have huge coal dues. There is also a reason for this.
5- The boom in the economy after the second wave of covid led to a large increase in demand and consumption of electricity.