India’s largest coal producer Coal India (CIL) has not increased their production to the extent that was required, said power minister R K Singh on Tuesday.
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.
On Monday the Chairman had issued an order banning the siege.
Singh added that the NTPC has supplied 4,116 million units (MUs) and 2037 MUs of electricity to BRPL and BYPL, respectively in the financial year 2021- till March 2022.
Thereafter, States which desire to buy power from those bids do so as per their requirement.
The minister also asserted that India will replace diesel with renewables to achieve target of zero-diesel use in the agricultural sector by 2024.
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R K Singh underlined that the power sector has been brought forward a long way, by the current government.
The meeting comes against the backdrop of power plants grappling with coal shortages.
“All the power plants that supply electricity to Delhi are supposed to keep a 30-day reserve stock but at present they have only one day’s stock left,” Power Minister Satyendar Jain said.
Out of India's 135 coal plants, 108 were facing critically low stocks, with 28 of them down to just one day's worth of supply.
According to Union Power Minister R K Singh, India would be conducting competitive bids for green hydrogen in the next 3-4 months to pave the road for viable usage of hydrogen as a fuel.
Singh has shot off letters to his union cabinet colleagues as well as all chief ministers in this regard.