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States warn of power cuts as plants face coal crunch | India News – Times of India

AMARAVATI/BENGALURU/THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Facing a severe power crisis due to shortage of coal, many southern states have warned of massive load-shedding and asked Centre for release of coal blocks.
While Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was the first to highlight the coal crisis in thermal power stations in the country when he sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention recently, Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai said on Sunday that he has urged the Centre to fast-track clearances for two coal blocks allotted to Karnataka so that a power crisis linked to a coal shortage could be averted.
In Kerala, electricity minister K Krishnankutty on Sunday warned that the state would have to impose load shedding if the crisis caused by shortage of coal-based power generation continues.
In what could lead to an alarming situation, thermal generation in AP is supplementing just around 20 per cent of the total power requirement and discoms are gearing up for sudden power outages due to the shortage in supplies from generation centres.
All the thermal power plants put together are producing around 40 million units against the state’s total consumption of 190 million units.
Meanwhile, Central Power Distribution Company Limited (CPDCL) issued cautionary note to power consumers to maintain self-restraint in using power gadgets. The CPDCL urged consumers to be judicious in using power utilities keeping in view of the dipping power generation from thermal plants.
Meanwhile, Karnataka has been focussing on securing coal blocks and supplies because of concerns over existing stocks. Three major thermal power stations in the state have reserves that are expected to last for 48 hours, officials said on Sunday.
The Centre has allotted Karnataka a coal block near Chandrapur in Maharashtra and another in Mahanadi, Odisha. Bommai has requested Union minister for environment and forest Bhupendra Yadav to give the required approvals at the earliest.
In Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala electricity minister K Krishnankutty said: “The shortage of coal has affected power generation in the country and the power crisis is expected to continue for nearly six months. The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) is monitoring the situation and people should cooperate with reduced use of power, especially during the peak hours.”
The state has been experiencing a shortage of 15% power from the central pool for the past few days following the closure of four thermal stations due to coal shortage. “There is a shortage of 1,000 MW power from the central pool. On Saturday, we received only 30% of our daily quota from Koodankulam. If the situation continues like this for a long period, we will have to impose power cuts,” the minister said.
Coal dispatch ramped up: CIL
Ranchi: The subsidiary companies of Coal India Limited (CIL) operating in Jharkhand on Sunday said that their production and dispatch have been ramped up in the recent days to meet the needs of the power sector. The seven subsidiary companies of CIL have dispatched 15.66 lakh tonnes of coal each day to its consumers during the month of October. On Saturday, the CIL dispatched 17.11 lakh tonne coal through roadways and railway rakes. Of the total, 14.14 lakh tonne coal was dispatched to the power sector. “We are on the right track. In another 10-15 days, our coal supply will get bette,” CCL’s chairman-cum-managing director PM Prasad told TOI on Sunday.

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