PMO and states have different claims on coal shortage

Due to the shortage of coal, a situation of power crisis has arisen in many states of the country. In view of this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with Power Minister RK Singh and Coal Minister Prahlad Joshi on Tuesday.

In the meeting, both the ministers apprised the Prime Minister about the latest status of coal supply. He told PM Modi that there is no shortage of coal in the country and the situation is expected to improve in the coming days.

However, the situation is not looking better amidst the claims of the Center and the concern of the state governments. It is being told that 8 power plants have been closed due to shortage of coal in UP. Power generating companies used to have coal reserves of 17 days, which has come down to 4 days. Apart from this, the supply of coal in the biggest Anpara project of Uttar Pradesh State Electricity Corporation is decreasing by 10 thousand tonnes, due to which the situation is deteriorating.

Like UP, the problem of coal on power supply is clearly visible in Bihar, but no one is ready to accept it. Barauni Thermal Power Plant present in Begusarai, where power is being supplied for 12 to 14 hours due to lack of production, but Punjab and Maharashtra are claiming more problems because about 20 power units of these two states have been closed. Punjab is getting half the coal supply.

The shadow of load shedding hangs over the head in these states. In this, there are 3 plants in Haryana and Maharashtra where there is no coal for a single day in stock. Similarly, there is one plant each in Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Bihar where one day’s stock is left. At the same time, there is such a situation in 2 plants of West Bengal.

Serious coal crisis in 110 out of 137 plants in the country

  • 16 plants do not have coal stock for a single day
  • 30 plants have only 1 day of coal left
  • 18 plants have only 2 days of coal left
  • 72 power plants have only 3 days of coal left
  • 50 power plants have 4 to 10 days stock left

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