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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Delhi Power Minister Satyendra Jain on Thursday said the central government would provide the city government a coal block by September-October.

“We will get our coal block by September-October this year either in Jharkhand or Odisha,” he said at an event organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India.

Emphasising on the need to reduce electricity tariff in Delhi, the minister said his ministry has sought the support of Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) in this regard.

Jain said there was no need to set up more power plants but to utilise full capacity of the existing ones.

He said power plants in India have a capacity of 2,70,000 MW but were producing only a half of their capacity.

“Bawana power plant in Delhi is more of a monument with a capacity of 1,200 MW but is producing only up to 200 MW due to non-availability of gas,” he added.

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Coal Shortage: The National Capital May Face A Blackout

Since June 19, the coal stock is continuously declining and has reached approximate 90,000 MT

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Coal Shortage: The National Capital May Face A Blackout
Coal Shortage: The National Capital May Face A Blackout. Pixabay

The National Capital Region may face a blackout as the coal reserves with the Delhi government were only for a-day-and-a-half, said Power Minister Satyendar Jain who has written to Union Power Minister R. K. Singh regarding the same.

In the letter, Jain informed the minister about the coal supply shortage to the NCR power plants — Dadri, Jhajjar and Badarpur.

“Since June 19, the coal stock is continuously declining and has reached approximate 90,000 MT on Wednesday, which is only one and a half days requirement,” Jain wrote adding that the “situation is extremely critical”.

The reason he gave for the shortage is the non-availability of transportation rakes with the railways.

Jain requested Singh to “intervene personally and take up the matter with the Railways for providing rakes on priority for transportation of coal to these power plants to avoid blackout in Delhi”.

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Coal Electricity energy power plant. Pixabay

While addressing the media on Wednesday, Jain said that ideally power plants should have a reserve coal stock for 15 days.

He also said that the power demand was high during this season.

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It was the second time in the season that such a warning was issued. In May also, the issue had arisen as the coal reserves of the national capital had been reduced to a day. (IANS)

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