India: Several states hit by power outages due to coal shortage


Coal accounts for most of India’s electricity generation. But late last month, more than 80% of the country’s coal-fired plants had stocks that would not last more than a week. India is facing an impending energy crisis as several states saw coal-fired power plants shut down due to a coal shortage. Major cities such as the capital New Delhi experienced electricity cuts that ran for hours over the weekend. Days after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal warned of a power crisis in the capital as coal supplies fell short, the power ministry on Tuesday said it has issued directions to the country’s largest electricity producer NTPC Ltd. and Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) to supply the maximum power available to Delhi to curb any potential shortage. “All 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,” Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain told local media.

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