Power Minister asks Delhites to be ready for black-out situations

Coal stock at some power stations in the national capital region has dipped to an "alarming" level and if it is not replenished at the earliest, Delhi could be staring at "black-out" situations.

Power Minister asks Delhites to be ready for black-out situations
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New Delhi, May 29: As the mercury soars to the record high, the problems of the residents of the national capital appear to be escalating as well. Yes, Delhi is about to step into a major power crisis very soon, if the reports and the warnings issued by ministers are an indication to go by. 

With coal stock of some power stations in the national capital region falling to an alarming level, Coal India and Railways are rushing coal supplies to Dadri and Badarpur power plants of the NTPC.

A Coal India statement said against the linked requirement of seven rakes to these plants, movement of at least 10 rakes are planned to avert the crisis.

Three days after power minister Satyendra Jain first flagged concerns about a power crisis in the city caused by depleting coal stocks at plants from which Delhi sourced electricity, and two days after Coal India Ltd said the issue could have been avoided had the Delhi government planned better, the state’s power minister has said the situation has “worsened”.

Briefing the media about the situation Jain said, “These power plants now have coal stocks that can run the plant to its full capacity only for 20-21 hours. Ideally, in a single day, these plants have 56,000 tonnes of coal and the stock lasts about 13-15 days. Now, only about 5% of it is left.”

NTPC Limited spokesperson admitted there was coal shortage, but said some stocks had started coming in. “There is not enough coal to run the plants to their full capacity. But the situation has been improving over the past two days,” said the spokesperson.

The problem started as the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) was forced to commence generation from these two plants all of a sudden with rise in power demand due to heat wave conditions in the country.

The government has also instructed the CIL, Singareni Collieries Co Ltd and Railway to attach top most priority in allocation of rakes for coal movement to power plants till such time the demand from coal-based thermal power plants gets stabilised with the onset of monsoon and increase in hydel and wind power.

These two power stations cater to major share of the power demands of Delhi and NCR.

Based on the demand for power projected by the Delhi government, NTPC had shut the units of Badarpur TPS for long, it said.

One of the unit of the Dadri TPS was also taken up for maintenance. Therefore, coal against the linkage of the shut down generation units of Badarpur and Dadri TPS were supplied to other plants of the NTPC, the statement said.

"The crisis could have been averted had Delhi government placed a proper power demand with NTPC with sufficient advance notice," the CIL release said.

Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain had said that the coal stock at some power stations in the national capital region has dipped to an "alarming" level and if it is not replenished at the earliest, Delhi could be staring at "black-out" situations.

Jain had said that he has already written to Coal and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal apprising him about the situation and sought his intervention into the matter.

News24Bureau with Agencies

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