Focus on reserving more coal
Chronic coal scarcity at various power plants across the country, which has prompted several governments to reduce their load, remains a serious problem. Following a review by union home minister Amit Shah yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appraised the situation today. The meeting was attended by RK Singh, the Union Power Minister, and Pralhad Joshi, the Union Coal Minister.
Power firms have 22 days of coal stocks available, according to Joshi, who spoke at a separate ceremony that kicked off the auction process for commercial coal blocks. Reporters spoke with the coal minister on the sidelines of an event, and he stated that coal demand will be supplied in the coming days.
To explore the coal scarcity, Reports reached out to B. Ashok, chairman and managing director of the Kerala State Electricity Board, and Alok Sinha, assistant chief secretary and chairman of Uttar Pradesh’s extra sources of energy.
“Every day between 3rd October and 9th October, we experienced a gap of around 3,000 to 4,000 megawatt,” Sinha said of the power outage. However, we had enough coal from October 10 onwards and were able to stick to our plan. In actuality, we’ve been supplying more electricity than was originally anticipated to make up for the few days that we couldn’t. We’ve already cut the gap to roughly 300-400 megawatts, which we’re filling through energy purchases. So currently, we don’t have any kind of shortage.”
Plan to reserve more Coal:
He continued by saying, “The supply of coal has been a concern for us. Regular coal shipments are now coming, and the amount of coal available at the power plant will progressively rise now that the Centre has formed a group. There are now a few power plants with a five-day reserve, but this is progressively increasing. I believe we will be back to a comfortable level in a few days. From October 10th forward, there will be no power outages.”
“We bought over 8 million units of power from exchanges yesterday at an average cost of Rs. 14 per unit,” Sinha added. As a result, because energy has become such an important aspect of everyone’s lives, a consistent supply of coal is required. Coal is being saved and electricity is being distributed to the industrial, commercial, and residential sectors, in that order. Only a few power plants currently have the potential to generate electricity for five days, but this capacity is allocated for specific end users.