Coal shortage: Power, coal ministers meet Amit Shah

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Amidst reports of coal crisis in the country, Union Energy Minister RK Singh and Coal Minister Prahlad Joshi met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in the Ministry of Home Affairs in North Block on Monday.

New Delhi: Amidst reports of coal crisis in the country, Union Energy Minister RK Singh and Coal Minister Prahlad Joshi met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in the Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday.

Top officials of the Ministry of Power, Ministry of Coal and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) were also present in the meeting.

This comes a day after the Coal Ministry on Sunday assured the country that enough coal is available to meet the demand of power plants in the country.

In an official release, the ministry said that any fear of disruption in power supply is completely false. The ministry said, “The coal stock at the power plant end is around 72 lakh tonnes, which is enough for 4 days’ requirement, and the Coal India Limited (CIL) end is over 400 lakh tonnes, which is to be supplied to the power plants. Its being done.” .

Further, the minister said that the domestic coal-based power generation has increased by about 24 per cent this year (by September 2021) based on strong supply from coal companies.

“The daily average coal requirement in power plants is around 18.5 lakh tonnes per day, while the daily coal supply is around 17.5 lakh tonnes per day. Due to the extended monsoon, dispatches were disrupted. Coal available in power plants is a rolling stock. Which is replenished by supplies from coal companies on a daily basis. Therefore, any fear of depleting coal stocks at the end of the power plant is misplaced. In fact, this year, domestic coal supplies outpaced imports by a substantial has been replaced by remedy,” it said.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that several chief ministers have written to the central government about the dire condition of power plants due to shortage of coal. “The situation is serious and several chief ministers have written to the central government about it. We are all working together to improve the situation,” he said.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also flagged the issue of possible coal shortage.

“It is true that there is a problem. As per our requirement, either we get it from NTPC or from private companies. But the supply is now affected. There are some reasons due to which such situation has arisen. It is not only in Bihar, but everywhere,” Kumar told the media on Monday. (ANI)

First published:October 11, 2021, 6:04 pm

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