Coal crisis: No shortage of gas in past, nor will it happen in future, says power minister

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Coal crisis: No shortage of gas in past, nor will it happen in future, says power minister

An energy crisis is looming in some states, including Delhi and Punjab, due to a combination of factors such as excess rainfall hitting coal movement and imported coal-based power plants generating less than half of their capacity due to record-high rates. In a year when the country produced record coal, rains hit movement of the fuel from mines to power generation units, impacting power generation in many states, including Gujarat, Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi and Tamil Nadu.

Meanwhile, Union Power Minister RK Singh on Sunday assured that the national capital is being supplied the required amount of electricity and it will continue. The statement by the union minister came after he chaired a meeting with the Ministry of Power and discoms. 

Speaking further, the power minister said, “The panic ensued after GAIL sent informed Bawana gas power plant that it will stop supplying gas after two days because their contract was about to expire.” 

“I’ve asked GAIL CMD, who participated in today’s meeting, to continue required supplies,” Singh said. 

Commenting on what the GAIL CMD said, Singh said, “He has assured me that the supplies will continue. Neither there was any shortage of gas in the past, nor will it happen in the future.”

“In effect, neither there was, nor there is any crisis. It was created unnecessarily.”

“I’ve warned Tata Power CEO of action if they send baseless SMSs to customers that can create panic. Messages by GAIL and Tata Power qualify as acts of irresponsible behaviour,” the union minister said. 

Speaking on the coal reserve, the union minister said, “We have an average coal reserve (at power stations) that can last for more than 4 days. The stock is replenished every day. I am in touch with (Union Minister for Coal & Mines) Pralhad Joshi,” Singh said. 

Taking a jibe at the Congress party’s ideas, the power minister said, “Unfortunately, the Congress party has run out of votes and therefore they are running out of ideas as well.”

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