The power shortage has reached its peak across the country. 16 states of the country including the capital Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh are currently facing a similar crisis. In view of this problem, the Indian Railways has taken an important decision, which will help in the supply of coal to a great extent.
Railways has increased the average daily loading of coal trains by more than 400, which is the highest in the last 5 years. According to the report of a reputed newspaper, Indian Railways has committed itself to provide 415 rakes daily to meet the current demand. Each rake can carry around 3,500 tonnes of coal.
At the same time, it is also being told in this case that this exercise will continue for at least two months to improve the stock in power plants and to avoid any crisis in July-August. If there is a reduction in coal mining when the rains start, then the situation will be reconsidered.
A Railway Ministry official said, “There are protests against cancellation of passenger trains in various states, but we are left with no option as the urgent need is to ensure that there is no shortage of coal in power plants. And there's no black out. It's an indecisive and difficult situation."
He said, “We hope to overcome this temporary crisis. Since the power plants are located across the country, the railways have to run long distance trains and hence a large number of coal rakes are available for 3-4 days,” he said. A major part of domestic coal is transported from the eastern region to the northern, central and western parts of India.