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Delhi Faces Coal Crisis Amid Soaring Summers

The national capital Delhi has raised alarms over the shortage of coal supply, which can cause severe blackouts and interruptions in essential services like Metro and Government hospitals. Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain said, “There are no backups as electricity cannot get stored. There are no due payments from our side. The Centre should increase coal rack allocation. There is a lack of coordination that needs to get addressed.” He mentioned that several places are down to a single day of coal supply, where it should account for at least twenty-one days of coal reserve in a press briefing held after an emergency meeting got conducted to discuss the issue.

According to the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), the Dadri-II, Jhajjar, Unchahar, Kahalgaon, and Farakka power plants primarily provide Delhi with about 1,751 megawatts (MW) of electricity supply every day to meet the power requirements. The national capital receives a maximum of 728 MW from Dadri-II and 100 MW from Unchahar power stations individually. However, all of these power plants face a critical shortage of coal, according to the daily report of the National Power Portal.

Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain emphasized this issue again on Friday by flagging the concern of coal scarcity by stating, “There is a major shortage of coal across the country, and the major reason is the shortage of rakes for trains that transport coal.” Jain had put forth this issue and wrote to the Centre on Thursday requesting them to provide Delhi with sufficient coal for the power plants in Delhi. He added that around 25-30% of the electricity demand in Delhi gets arranged through these power plants that now face coal shortages. 

In a daily coal report by National Power Portal, apart from Delhi, many parts of the country are grappling with coal shortages alongside the soaring temperatures in summers this year. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also addressed his concern through social media and tweeted, “The situation in India is dire. We have to come up with a solution soon. Stable steps are immediately needed to resolve this situation.” He claimed that the state has somehow managed to provide power so far in the face of crisis, but concrete steps are needed to resolve this situation immediately. 

Besides measures to increase coal supplies to power plants, the Union government has asked states to scale up their imports for the next three years to build up inventories as coal helps generate 70% of the electricity used by the nation. Bloomberg reported that India had halted some passenger trains to permit more rapid movement of coal carriages as India races to restock draining inventories at power plants to avoid an extensive power crisis. The measure is temporary, and services will get restored as soon as the situation normalizes, said Gaurav Krishna Bansal, an executive director at Indian Railways. He added that the state-run operator is trying to minimize the time it usually takes to move coal to power plants. Moreover, Railways plans to add 100,000 more wagons to meet the increasing demand. It is also assembling dedicated cargo corridors to deliver goods faster.


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