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Coal Shortage Sparks Concerns Over Outage in India, PM's Office to Review the Situation Today

BP World Bureau | Oct 12 2021 12:23:29 PM
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The shortage of coal in India has been sparking concerns over an energy crisis. Several industries are worried about a possible widespread blackout. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office may review the coal supply situation in India today.

Home Minister Amit Shah discussed inadequate coal supply causing nationwide outages with the ministers in charge of the coal and power ministries, Pralhad Joshi and RK Singh on Monday. Many states reached out to the Centre after weekend power outages, reported NDTV.

States like Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Tamil Nadu have raised concerns over blackouts. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel slammed the Centre for denying a coal crisis. He asked why power plants are shutting down across India. 

BJP ally and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that there is a problem. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the situation is "very critical" in the entire country. He also raised the possibility of power cuts in the NCR. 

Union Power Minister RK Singh said that "a panic has been unnecessarily created about coal shortage". He added that sufficient power is available and the situation will be handled in the next few days.

The Coal Ministry on Sunday said power plants have about 7.2 million tons of coal and it is enough to meet current needs. Coal India also has a stock of more than 40 million tons. About 70% of India's electricity generation relies on coal. And three-quarters of the fossil fuel is mined in India only. The shortage is believed to be the result of rain affecting the movement of coal from mines to power generation units.