Coal Shortage Possibility of Major Power Outage
Coal Shortage now is becoming a severe issue, Delhi Government has warned about a possible disruption in the continuous power supply to the essential facilities including the metro and hospitals.
An emergency meeting was held by Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain in which he analysed the current situation and requested the centre to ensure coal available to the power stations that supply electricity to the Capital.
The government statement goes as, “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.”
Statements By Mr Jain
These power stations for which the Minister has requested the availability of coal are responsible for supplying 20-30 per cent of power in Delhi. Now they are facing a shortage of coal which is affecting their ability to generate electricity continually, said Mr Jain.
He assured us that the Government is focusing on this problematic situation and every effort is being made to ensure avoiding power outages in essential establishments in the National Capital.
Minister said, “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.”
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National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Dadri-II & Jhajjar
Two establishments National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Dadri-II & Jhajjar are responsible and priorly launched to meet the power demands in Delhi. And the statement further suggests that there are very few amounts of coal left in these plants.
A total of 1,751 megawatts (MW) of electricity is supplied in Delhi per day by “Dadri-II, Unchahar, Kahalgaon, Farakka and Jhajjar power plants.”
As per the daily report of the National Power Portal, these plants are now facing an acute shortage of coal.
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