In April this year, the peak power demand was around 215GW. India currently has close to 210 GW of thermal power capacity.
People in many parts of the country faced power outages at the beginning of the summer season this year due to the shortage of coal supplies at various thermal plants.
Relaxation of norms, including exemption from public hearing, helps mine expansions
Currently, the onus of coal imports lies with individual power-producing companies.
As the coal shortage continues to impact the thermal power plants, the power ministry asked the state gencos to import coal for blending purposes.
Korba happens to be India’s biggest coal and power-producing district and alone produces 16.56 percent of the country’s coal.
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Several states in the country are facing an acute power crisis due to coal shortage amid an increase in power demand due to the heatwave
"The state generates an average of 3,000 MW of electricity from the renewable sectors of solar and windmills which shoulders TANGEDCO in the day hours", the official said.
Moreover, Uttarakhand, Gujarat and Delhi, it said, have not made advance arrangements with their gas-based plants, which has affected about 4,000 mw capacity and has put more pressure on domestic coal
There is a sudden and acute shortage of power gripping the country this summer.
The official was also confident that wind power generation would be as good as the previous year.
He also said the ministries of coal, railway and power are desperately inventing excuses to hide their "monumental incompetence".
Govind Singh Dotasra said the BJP only knows how to pitch brother against brother and cause religious polarisation to harvest votes.
Meanwhile, Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain said on Friday that there is a severe coal crisis across the country and many power plants have just one day's coal stocks left.
AIPEF spokesperson V K Gupta said that now they (central government ministries) have diverted the issue and linked it to states' inability to make timely payments to coal companies.
He said the demand for electricity has increased in 16 states due to the rising mercury levels and coal is not being supplied in accordance with the requirement, affecting the power supply.
Amid a deepening coal shortage crisis, the Delhi government on Thursday warned that there may be problem in providing uninterrupted electricity supply to important establishments in the capital.
The power minister said if steps are not taken in time, shortages in round-the-clock power supply may ensue.
The power corporation is thus forced to impose regulatory measures in several parts of the state by imposing long power cuts ranging from two to ten hours in rural and semi-urban areas.