Tamil Nadu is staring at a major power crisis as Tangedco — the state power utility — is running short of coal. As on date, it has stock for just four days. With wind energy generation also falling due to rain in south Tamil Nadu, the state could be heading for power cuts unless coal is made available immediately,.
The discom has resorted to import of coal to meet demand. The problem, which surfaced due to shortage of rail rakes, has been continuing for the past one year or so, and railway and coal ministries have not taken adequate steps to correct the situation. Apart from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and many other states face similar problems.
Tangedco sources said the discom was managing coal supply based on daily arrivals and had not been able to build adequate buffer stock as per CEA standards. “Our average stock is for four days. Since receipts are more or less matching consumption of coal, there is no shortfall in supply of power,” said chairman Vikram Kapur. Alarm bells start ringing if there is a delay in arrival of daily supply as the alternative source – wind energy – is also down, he said.
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