Delhi: Just 1.5 days of coal stock left, minister warns of power crisis: Satyendar Jain, the Delhi power minister, has written an urgent letter to R K Singh, the Union power minister, regarding the massive and an acute shortage of coal + in the capital’s thermal power stations. Warning that the situation was dire and can be reason of the blackouts, Jain claimed that the current coal stock could meet the minimum needed of the just around one-and-a-half days.
This is depleting fast phenomenon because of the growing power demand.
on Wednesday, Jain write and said, in his letter, “As you are aware the thermal generating stations in Delhi NCR — Dadri I and II, Jhajjar and Badarpur — are facing coal shortage for the past several days due to non-availability of transportation rakes with Indian railways. Since June 19, 2018, the coal stock has reached approximately 90,000 MT today, which is only one and a half days’ requirement. Normally, the stock of at least 15 days is required to be maintained by these power plants. The situation is, therefore, extremely critical. The weather condition is also not favourable and as a result, the peak load of the city crosses 6900 MW every now and then.”
The letter requested Singh about the “personally intervene” which also take up the matter with the railways so that rakes/wagons are offer and given which will be based on the priority for transportation of coal to the capital’s power plants anyway.
in a while, speaking to reporters, Jain also said about the coal stock which has been depleting quickly over the last 10 days and this one is also crucial for the Centre to intervene. “The coal stock required every day is around 56,000 MT but the availability is much lower,” said the minister.
Jain warned that though there was a plenty of the power available in Delhi for this contemporary times, still after some or the many areas the city can begin facing loadshedding if the coal supply didn’t increase anyway.
The Delhi government has been raising the issue of coal shortage from the past some weeks. The city’s power demand touched an all-time high of 6,934 MW from the last 8th June, and the discoms advice that the demand could even cross the 7,000 MW mark in the weeks in result of this anyway.
The government first broached the issue with, Mr. Piyush Goyal, the Union railway minister in the last month May. After that, the situation improved and as per the official report, the coal still remained in short supply in the city anyway.