Several power distribution companies and states have expressed concerns regarding the alleged coal shortage in the country. CM’s of Punjab and Karnataka have requested the Central government to increase their coal supply. Major power dis-com (distribution company), TATA power has warned the national capital of frequent power cuts and blackouts. Amidst panic all around the country about coal shortage at power plants, the Centre has classified such claims as rumours.
The Union Ministry of Coal said in a public statement, “Any fear of disruption in power supply is misplaced,”. According to the statement given by the said ministry, ample coal is available in the country to meet the demand of power plants. The coal ministry issued a statement which pointed out that Coal India has a stock of 43 million tonnes. This amount can easily fulfill 24 days of demand according to the ministry. It further added that power plants have about 72 lakh tonnes of stock which is enough for 4 days’ requirement.
TATA Power’s SMS warning customers of power outage due to coal shortage:
“Due to limited coal availability in generation plants across north, power supply scenario between 2pm to 6pm is at critical level. Kindly use electricity judiciously. Be a responsible citizen. Inconvenience caused is regretted,” a SMS sent by TPDDL to its customers read.
RK Singh, the Power Minister of India labeled the SMS baseless and chided TPDDL for creating panic unnecessarily. “I’ve warned TATA Power CEO of actions if they send baseless SMS’s to customers that can create panic. Such messages qualify as acts of irresponsible behavior…,” RK Singh said after meeting TPDDL executives.
Deputy CM Manish Sisodia on “alleged” coal shortage:
Deputy CM of Delhi Manish Sisodia claimed that the Centre is “turning a blind eye” towards the coal crisis. He further added that the Central government had done the same during the oxygen crisis that India faced while battling the second wave of COVID.
“The Centre is shamelessly branding the the genuine appeals by states as rumours… Even during the O2 crisis, the central government ran away from its responsibility…,” Sisodia said.
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