Rajasthan authorities ignored warning by Centre on coal crisis, reveals letter

While the Centre and states are engaged in a blame game on the current power crisis triggered by the shortage of coal, the Centre has been cautioning the state on the impending crisis as early as August but it seems the state authorities had ignored the warnings.

In a letter to chief secretary Niranjan Arya on August 18, Union power secretary Alok Kumar said, “We are witnessing a sharp increase in demand for electricity as the economy is opening up throughout the country. As coal-based thermal power plants share most of the demands, states need to ensure that there is sufficient coal stock available at the power stations.”

He reminded the chief secretary that “Coal stock at TPPs (thermal power plants) is depleting at a fast rate. As on August 15, 2021, average coal stock available in the country at plant level is of 18.5MT only which is sufficient for only nine days. This is a matter of concern.”

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