Coal shortage is becoming severe as power plants with generation capacity of 16,000 MW are currently facing coal shortage while plants with the capacity of 30,000 MW are not being able to access coal as they do not have power purchase agreements.
In addition, 10 plants are under scheduled annual shutdown. To add to this, the National Load Despatch Centre (NLDC) in its daily report has indicated that plants with generation capacity of 56,000 MW are at present non-operational which will result in power deficit across states.
According to the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), number of plants with coal stock below four to seven days has risen to 30 and the number is expected to increase further in the wake of inadequate coal supply.
In case of Maharashtra which has a thermal capacity of 10170 MW, it is currently getting only 16 to 20 rakes of coal as opposed to the daily requirement of 32 rakes. Read More