The crisis of shortage of coal in the thermal power stations of the country does not seem to end soon.According to government data, the number of power plants with less than four days of coal reserves rose to 70 on Sunday from 64 a week ago on October 3.
According to the latest data, out of 135 plants with a total installed capacity of more than 1,65,000 MW, 70 plants had less than four days of coal left on October 10, 2021, according to PTI News.The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) monitors these 135 plants.
The data also showed that the number of non-pit head plants (power plants located away from coal mines) with fuel less than seven days also increased to 26 on Sunday from 25 on October 3 a week ago.The CEA's latest report on coal reserves for power plants also showed that the number of power plants with coal reserves of less than seven days increased to 115 during the period under review, from 107 in the previous week.
Situation in Delhi critical
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that the power situation across the country is extremely critical, while his cabinet colleague Satyendar Jain claimed that the Delhi government has to procure expensive gas-based and high market rate power because NTPC has cut electricity supply in the city by half.Kejriwal said that all efforts are being made to deal with the power crisis and his government does not want any emergency situation to arise.
Bihar buying power from private sources
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said that at a time when several states are facing power crunch due to short supply of coal to thermal power stations, the state has spent the last five days to buy power through private sources. 90 crore has been paid.He said that despite this situation, Bihar is meeting its 'peak load' demand of 5,500 MW per day.Kumar said after the 'Janta Ke Darbar Mein Chief Minister' program that he has been assured by the state electricity department officials and other concerned officials that Bihar will soon get regular power supply.