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‘No Shortage Of Coal? But Power Plants Are Shutting’: Baghel Says Centre Lying

Bhupesh Baghel, the chief minister of Chhattisgarh, slammed the Centre for stating there is no scarcity of coal in the country on Monday.

According to news agency ANI, Bhupesh Baghel said that the Centre maintains that there is no scarcity of coal, but power stations are shutting down. He asks why are they spreading falsehood? He also claimed that Coal imports have also halted and this will have an impact on the electricity supply. He again questions what is the Government conducting.

In terms of Chhattisgarh, Bhupesh Baghel had spoken with SECL, Power, and Railway executives to discuss coal availability. He stated that SECL has guaranteed him that there will be no lack of coal supplies.

South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL) would deliver 29,500 metric tonnes of coal each day to thermal power plants in Chhattisgarh, according to the state authority.

Following a request from Baghel, SECL CMD Ambika Prasad Panda agreed to the supply, according to an administration social affairs official.


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People acquainted with the matter stated that Union minister for home affairs Amit Shah met with Union electricity minister RK Singh and Union coal minister Pralhad Joshi earlier in the day to discuss the power problem.

The discussion was held as RK Singh slammed the Gas Authority of India Ltd and Tata Power for delivering "baseless Text messages" to users and instilling fear of a power outage, warning that such actions would be considered "reckless conduct."

Even though coal-fired power plants have coal supplies that would last one to two days, Ganesh Srinivasan, CEO of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited, warned on Saturday that power outages in Delhi could happen frequently.

The concerns emerged after the Central Electricity Authority released a study indicating that 64 non-pithead power stations (plants located 1,500 kilometres distant from manufacturing mines) have coal supplies for fewer than four days of supply, out of 135 power plants it monitors across the country.

Satyendar Jain, Delhi's power minister, had cautioned citizens of a severe coal shortfall in thermal power plants throughout the country but said Delhi had adequate coal supplies to survive another day.

The concerns emerged after the Central Electricity Authority released a study indicating that 64 non-pithead power stations (plants located 1,500 kilometres distant from manufacturing mines) have coal supplies for fewer than four days of supply, out of 135 power plants it monitors across the country.

Satyendar Jain, Delhi's power minister, had cautioned citizens of a severe coal shortfall in thermal power plants throughout the country but said Delhi had adequate coal supplies to survive another day.

On Saturday Jain warned the journalists that there is a short supply in coal-fired power plants around the country and that only one day’s supply of coal has remained in the plants that generate electricity to Delhi.

Union Minister RK Singh, on the other hand, denied these assertions, claiming that the increased coal consumption is a sign of the economy's recovery after the harsh new wave brought the whole thing to a halt.

On Saturday, Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi chief minister, wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the "energy crisis," saying that he is "particularly maintaining a careful watch over the issue."

Meanwhile, a Tata Power representative said that production in Mundra has been halted because the rising price of imported coal has made it "extremely difficult to provide under current PPA terms."