There has been a tussle between the Center and the Delhi government over the power crisis arising due to the shortage of coal. Delhi Energy Minister Satyendar Jain said on Monday that there is a shortage of coal in most of the power plants. The coal stocks in power plants are left for only 2-3 days. NTPC has capped the production capacity of its plants from 50 to 55%. Earlier 4000 MW electricity was available, but now even half of the electricity is not available.
Jain said that as per the rules, no power plant should have a stock of less than 15 days. Right now most of the plants have 2-3 days of stock left. All NTPC plants are operating at 55-50% capacity. There is a huge problem of coal right now. If this is not taken care of soon, the situation may worsen.
At the same time, on Sunday, Union Energy Minister R.K. Reversing the statement made by Singh, Jain said that if there is no crisis then why are there power cuts across the country? If the Energy Minister says that we do not have the correct information about this, then Yogi Adityanath ji will know, he is his Chief Minister, then why is he writing the letter?
There is coal shortage in most of the power plants. The stock is left for only 2-3 days. NTPC capped production capacity of its plants to 55%. Earlier we used to get 4000 megawatts of electricity but now we are not getting even half of that: Delhi Power Minister, Satyendar Jain pic.twitter.com/oObdOOatTU
— ANI (@ANI) October 11, 2021
Jain said that the Delhi government buys power from NTPC of the Center and NTPC is not even giving half the supply. We have had to buy very expensive electricity from the market.
Sisodia accuses Center of “turning a blind eye to every problem”
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday alleged that the Center is not ready to accept that there is a coal crisis in the country. He described this situation as the oxygen crisis during the second wave of the Kovid-19 epidemic. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said that the Centre’s policy of turning a blind eye to every problem can be fatal for the country. The AAP leader said the central government was making excuses to “run away” from the crisis.
His statement came after the Ministry of Coal said that sufficient quantity of coal is available in the country to meet the demand of power generation plants. Also, the ministry had dismissed the possibility of power supply disruption as completely misguided. Union Energy Minister R.K. Singh also said that on October 9, a total of 19.2 lakh tonnes of coal was dispatched from all sources, which is more than the total consumption of 18.7 lakh tonnes.
Sisodia said in a press conference, “Union Minister R.K. Singh today said there is no coal crisis and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal should not have written a letter to the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) on the issue. It is sad that the Union Minister has taken such irresponsible stand.