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Lack of coal threatens severe power crisis in India

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The Delhi government said Thursday that the growing power crisis amid coal shortage could lead to power cuts in important establishments in the capital such as Metro trains and hospitals.

Power Minister Satyendar Jain wrote to the Centre Thursday, requesting it to ensure adequate coal availability to power plants that supply electricity to the national capital. He also held a meeting with department officials to assess the situation.

“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,” a government statement read.

Presently, 25-30 percent of the electricity demand in Delhi is being met through these power stations, and they face a shortage of coal, 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.

“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.

National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)’s Dadri-II and Jhajjar (Aravali) were established primarily to meet the power requirement in Delhi. However, there is very little stock of coal left even in these power plants, the statement said.
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