Delhi Metro, hospitals may face problems due to the coal shortage
Amid a deepening crisis in coal shortage, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led Delhi government has warned of a possible setback in providing an uninterrupted electricity supply to important establishments in the capital, including metro trains and hospitals.
The ruling Aam Aadmi Party government has expressed its concern over the possible shortage of coal in power plants that supply electricity to the national capital.
According to Delhi Power Minister Satyender Jain, the coal shortages are seen in National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)’s Dadri-II and Jhajjar (Aravalli) power plants. In NTPC’s Dadri-II power plant, only a day’s worth of stock is left and in Jhajjar (Aravalli), only 7-8 days’ worth of stock is left, as per the Delhi government.
Satyendar Jain held an emergency meeting to assess the situation and wrote to the Centre requesting it to ensure adequate coal availability to power plants that supply electricity to the national capital.
Delhi government’s statement read, “Due to disruption of power supply from Dadri-II and Unchahar power stations, there may be a problem in 24-hours power supply to many essential institutions, including Delhi Metro and Delhi government hospitals.”
Presently, 25-30 percent of the electricity demand in Delhi is being met through these power stations, and they face a shortage of coal, Mr. Jain said. He said the government was monitoring the situation closely and making every possible effort to ensure that people did not face power outages in some areas of the capital.
As per Delhi government data, the Unchahar power plant has two days’ worth of stock left, Kahalgaon has 3.5 days’ worth of stock left and Farakka has five days’ worth of stock left. For the first time in April, Delhi’s peak power demand clocked 6000 megawatt (MW) due to an unabated heatwave.
“These power stations play an important role in preventing blackouts in some parts of Delhi and are also essential to ensure the continuous supply of electricity to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, hospitals, and people in the upcoming summer season,” the minister said.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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