Frantic calls are being made from Vidut Bhawan in Jaipur to the Union coal secretary in Delhi as the thermal power units in the state are being shut down one after another due to the ‘critical stock position’ of coal. The state is staring at power blackout if replenishment of coal to these thermal power units is not made on an emergency basis, according to sources.
Principal secretary of energy department Sanjay Malhotra speaking to TOI said, “The coal crisis is a serious one and the terminal power units were left with hardly any stock of coal to produce power.”
When asked how many thermal power units are now already shut down, he said ‘many’. When asked for the reason for the coal shortage, he passed the buck by saying that “only the Coal India Limited could answer that query.” Read More…
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