Lack of coal could disrupt power supply to metro trains, hospitals: Delhi govt ProIQRA News

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Amid a deepening crisis over coal shortages, the Delhi government on Thursday warned of a possible setback in providing uninterrupted power to key capital institutions, including metro trains and hospitals. Power Minister Stander Jane called an emergency meeting to review the situation and wrote a letter to the Center requesting it to ensure adequate availability of coal in the power plants supplying electricity to the national capital.

An official statement said, “Disruption in power supply from Dadri-II and Unchahar power stations could lead to 24-hour power outages to several essential institutions, including Delhi Metro and government hospitals in Delhi.” At present, 25-30 per cent of Delhi’s electricity demand is being met through these power stations, and they are facing a shortage of coal, Jane said.

He said the government was keeping a close watch on the situation and was making every effort to ensure that people in some areas of the capital did not face power outages. The Minister said, “These power stations play a vital role in preventing blackouts in some parts of Delhi and also to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, hospitals and people in the coming summer season.” Are necessary. “

Dadri-II and Jhajjar (Aravali) of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) were set up primarily to meet the power demand in Delhi. However, these power plants also have very small coal reserves, the statement added. Dadri-II, Unchahar, Kahalgaon, Farka and Jhajjar power plants supply 1,751 MW (MW) of electricity daily to Delhi. The capital gets maximum power from 728 MW from Dadri-II power station, while it gets 100 MW from Unchahar station.

According to the daily coal report of National Power Portal, all these power plants are facing severe shortage of coal. It has, along with the scorching heat, triggered blackouts in many parts of the country as states struggled to cope with record electricity demand.

In addition to measures to increase the supply of coal to power plants, the central government has asked states to increase their imports for the next three years to create inventory. The All India Federation of Power Engineers said that thermal plants across the country are facing shortage of coal, which indicates a power crisis in the country.

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