There is a problem: Nitish Kumar on coal shortage

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Amidst reports of coal crisis in the country, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that the supply is currently affected and it is not only in Bihar but everywhere.

New Delhi: Amidst reports of coal crisis in the country, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that the supply is currently affected and it is not only in Bihar but everywhere.

“It is true, 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, it is everywhere,” Nitish Kumar said when asked about the coal shortage situation.

The Coal Ministry on Sunday assured the country that there is enough coal 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 coal stock at the power plant end is about 72 lakh tonnes, which is enough to require 4 days, and the coal India Limited (CIL) end is over 400 lakh tonnes, which is being supplied to the power plants. ,” the release said. .

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 of coal, 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 have by a substantial measure Imports have been replaced,” it said.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said 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 many chief ministers have written to the central government about it. We are all working together to improve the situation,” Kejriwal said at the launch of the Desh Ka Mentor program at Thyagaraj Stadium.

Kejriwal on Saturday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi claiming that there is a shortage of coal which has affected the power generation plants supplying power to the NCT and requested him to intervene in the matter.

First published:October 11, 2021, 5:13 pm

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