Only one day coal stock left in Delhi, blackout likely: Satyendar Jain

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Coal shortage in Delhi (Image: Pixabay)
Coal shortage in Delhi (Image: Pixabay)

New Delhi : Delhi's power minister Satyendar Jain has issued an alert that the power plants supplying electricity to the national capital are left with just 1-day stock of coal, post which there will be a complete blackout. He asked the Centre to immediately provide the coal supply.

Speaking to ANI, Jain said, “After two days, there will be a complete blackout in the whole of Delhi, if we do not receive more power supply from the Centre.”

“There is an acute shortage of coal in coal-fired power plants across the country, even when production plants aren’t running at full capacity. There is only one day’s stock left in the plants from which Delhi gets electricity, there is no coal at all. We have a Power Purchase Agreement where they’re giving us half of the electricity. We’ve come to point of rationing,” Jain said.

He also hinted of politics in the matter and said, "It appears to be a man-made crisis similar to the oxygen crisis. We have 3.5 times more production capacity than what we require and still, we aren’t able to produce power."

Earlier today, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also warned that the national capital could face a power crisis. “I am personally keeping a close watch over the situation. We are trying our best to avoid it,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.