Coal crisis India:
Home Minister Amit Shah has become active on the issue of coal shortage in the country's thermal power plants. On Monday, Energy Minister RK Singh, Coal Minister Prahlad Joshi reached MHA to meet on the issue, along with officers of their ministries. NTPC officials were also a part of this important meeting. It must be noted that many states including Rajasthan, Delhi, Punjab, UP have cited the shortage of coal and said that if the crisis continues, then the power supply may be cut in the coming days.
Not only this, the AAP government of Delhi has made a scathing attack on the central government on this issue. On Sunday, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia had said that the central government was avoiding this crisis in the same way as it had not focused on the issue of lack of oxygen.
Delhi: Union Power Minister RK Singh, Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi along with officials of Power and Coal Ministry arrive at MHA to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah.— ANI (@ANI) October 11, 2021
NTPC officials are also present in the meeting. pic.twitter.com/81ohPHxrAn
However, responding to all such comments, Union Energy Minister RK Singh had said that at present, the country's coal power plants have reserves of 7.2 million tonnes. Coal plants have sufficient reserves, which is enough for 4 days. Not only this, but RK Singh had also termed the news of the threat of blackout in many states of the country as wrong.
He said that the government company, Coal India, also has reserves of 40 million tonnes at present, which is being supplied to power stations. The Ministry of Power had said that the talk of shortfall or interruption in the power supply is completely wrong. It must be noted that in the last few months, due to the relaxation in the lockdown, the industries have started rapidly, which has increased the consumption of coal. At the same time, due to excessive rains, coal mining has been affected in many areas, which has caused a shortfall in the supply of coal.
It must be noted that 70% of the electricity generation in India is done through coal-based power plants. And considering this, the crisis is unprecedented and if it deepens, then there may be a power crisis in many states. Like India, the coal crisis has also been seen in China, due to which, many companies in China have reduced production. Not only this, the power supply has also been reduced in many states.