Home minister Amit Shah meets with power and coal depts over energy crunch

A day after both the Union ministries of coal and power denied any energy shortage in the country, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday held a meeting with Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi and Power Minister R K Singh and officials of the ministries concerned.

TV footage indicated executives of India’s largest, state-owned power generator NTPC were there in the meeting.

Though there was no official statement from the government till late evening, people in the know said the meeting took stock of the coal situation as several states raised an alarm over the shortfall and an impending electricity supply crisis.

Close to 16 Gw of coal-based power generation capacity is under outage (not generating) for lack of supply, according to the data on the National Power Portal.

The coal ministry in a public statement on Sunday said ample coal was available in the country to meet the demand of power plants.

State miner Coal India Ltd (CIL) on Monday said it had scaled up supplies to power utilities of the country to 1.51 million tonnes (MTs) a day during the past four days of October.

The off-take has gone up to 1.73 MTs per day during October (first 10 days), posting 10 per cent growth over the same period last year, CIL said.

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