Why Threat of Possible Power Crisis is Looming Large Across India


New Delhi: As several states/UTs flag the issue of shortage of coal supply, India, the world’s second largest coal consuming country, is facing an energy crisis. Earlier on Saturday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the national capital is grappling with power supply for the last three months. Further, he urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and resolve the crisis immediately. In his letter to PM Modi, CM Kejriwal drew the attention of PM Modi towards the existing coal shortage that continues since August/September. Also Read – Coal Crisis Big: These States May Face Complete Blackouts Or Long Power Cuts

“This has affected power generation from major central generating plants supplying electricity to Delhi,” the chief minister said in the letter. He said any major disruption would affect hospitals and hamper the ongoing vaccination campaign.

According to grid operator data, power plants across the country controlled production after stocks ran low. Against the need to maintain a stock of 15 days to 30 days, more than half of the country’s 135 coal-fired power plants, which supply nearly 70 percent of the country’s total electricity, have less than two days’ worth of work. There is fuel stock.

Take a look at the possible reasons that have led to a potential power crisis in India

  • Rain has affected the movement of fuel from mines to power generating units, affecting power generation in several states including Gujarat, Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi and Tamil Nadu.
  • Electricity consumption has increased by almost 17 percent in the last two months alone as compared to the same period in 2019.
  • An expert in the energy sector said that as the fear of Kovid eases, the demand for electricity has increased rapidly amid increase in industrial and economic activity. This demand is increasing not only in India but all over the world, due to which the demand for coal is also increasing continuously. Due to this the international coal prices are rising and thus imported coal is becoming very expensive for India.
  • One of the factors contributing to the current crisis are power plants that use imported coal to generate electricity, have either reduced production or shut down entirely as a jump in international energy prices has forced states to shut down. making it difficult to meet commitments. special rate.
  • Tata Power, which has signed contracts to supply 1,850 MW of power to Gujarat, 475 MW to Punjab, 380 MW to Rajasthan, 760 MW to Maharashtra and 380 MW to Haryana from its imported coal-fired power plant at Mundra, Gujarat , is closed. generation. Adani Power’s Mundra unit is also facing a similar problem.
  • Power plants that usually rely on imports are now heavily dependent on Indian coal, adding further pressure to the already domestic supply.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Power has also issued guidelines for operation of optimum utilization of generating stations as per the requirements in the power grid. It added that these guidelines will enable imported coal-based plants (having substantial coal) to operate and reduce the burden on domestic coal.


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