Coal crisis: Centre says no outage in Delhi on account of power shortage
The Ministry of Power on Wednesday said that there was no outage in Delhi on account of power shortage. The maximum demand of Delhi was 4707 MW (peak) and 101.5 MU (Energy) on Tuesday. “As per the information received from Delhi DISCOMs, there was no outage on account of power shortage, as the required amount of power was supplied to them," it said.
Earlier in the day, the ministry said the maximum demand of Delhi was 4683 MW (peak) and 101.9 MU (Energy) on Monday. And on Tuesday too there was no outage due to power shortage.
There have been reports that India is running low on coal and there may be huge power cuts in coming days. While Centre has been denying such reports, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot recently said coal shortage problem is real.
Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain too on Tuesday suggested coal shortage in the country and claimed that the NTPC was not producing electricity to its full capacity.
"We are compelled to buy electricity at five times the average rate as of now. It looks like the crisis is being created. If there's no shortage of coal, why is NTPC not producing electricity to its full capacity?" he asked.
The Delhi minister also alleged that the Centre had asked NTPC to cap the production capacity of all its plants to half. He further said that Delhi has to buy electricity from coal plants situated in other states as there is no coal power plant in the national capital. "Many states have written to the Center, NTPC capped production of all its plants to half. It looks like the crisis is being created," he said.
The Ministry of Power on Tuesday requested all states and Union Territories to use unallocated power only to supply electricity to its consumers in the state and not impose load shedding or sell it in power exchanges at higher prices.