Delhi Under Blackout Warning as Capital Left With Just 1 Day Coal Stock


New Delhi: Power Minister Satyendar Jain on Saturday said Delhi is headed for a complete blackout if the power plants that supply power to the national capital do not get an immediate supply of coal. Speaking to ANI, Jain said, “After two days, there will be a complete blackout in entire Delhi, if we do not get more power supply from the Centre.” Also Read – Delhi May Face Power Crisis, Taking Adequate Steps To Avoid It, Says CM Kejriwal; letter to PM Modi

The warning came after Delhi’s power minister held a meeting with representatives of power distribution companies (discoms) to discuss the “power crisis”. “There is acute shortage of coal in coal-fired power plants across the country, even when the generating plants are not running at full capacity. In the plants from which Delhi gets electricity, only one day’s stock is left, there is no coal. We have a power purchase agreement where they are giving us half the power. We have come to the point of rationing,” said Jain. Also read- Make Delhi roads pothole free in next 10 days: CM Kejriwal directs PWD officers

Politics is likely as it appears to be a man-made crisis similar to the oxygen crisis. We have 3.5 times more generation capacity than we need and still we are not able to generate electricity: Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain

— ANI (@ANI) October 9, 2021

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However, he had indicated the possibility of politics in the matter. “It appears to be a man-made crisis similar to the oxygen crisis. We have 3.5 times more generation capacity than we need and still we are not able to generate electricity.

Appeal to the central government to transport coal soon

Appealing to the Center to transport coal to the national capital, the Delhi Power Minister said, “There is an appeal to the Central Government to transport coal at the earliest using railway wagons.” To solve the power crisis in Delhi, Jain said that the government is still ready to buy expensive electricity.

CM Kejriwal wrote a letter to PM Modi

Earlier today, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also warned that the national capital may face a power crisis. “I am personally keeping a close watch on the situation. We are trying our best to avoid this,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.

He also wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi claiming that there is a coal shortage situation that has affected the power generation plants supplying electricity in the National Capital Region and requested him to intervene in the matter. Is. The letter said, “I draw your attention to the current coal shortage situation which continues for the third consecutive month since August/September 21, which has led to power generation from major central generation schemes supplying power to the NCT of Delhi. has affected.” .

The letter also mentioned that depleting coal reserves in power generation stations leads to increased dependence on gas stations supplying electricity to Delhi. But, even the gas station that supplies electricity to Delhi does not have enough APM gas to run at full capacity, Kejriwal said. “If this situation continues, the power supply situation in Delhi will be badly affected,” the chief minister said in the letter.

(with inputs from ANI)


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