New Delhi: 64 non-pithead power plants in the country have less than four days of coal reserves left. Power plants located away from coal mines are called non-pithead. According to government data, the stock of coal in these power generating stations is running out and in the coming three-four days the entire stock will be exhausted.
In all, as on October 3, 135 plants had total coal reserves of 78,09,200 tonnes, which is enough for four days. The report pointed out that none of the 135 plants had coal reserves for eight or more days. However, the government says that coal will be supplied in two-three days. Let us tell you that only coal is used for the production of electricity in India.
coal The impact of the coal crisis in the country has started affecting the power generation units of the state. The production of electricity has been completely stopped from two units each in Harduaganj (Aligarh) and Pareeksha (Jhansi). Other coal-fired production units are also operating at lower capacity. It is said that due to low production, the management has to buy additional power to meet the shortage of electricity. Power generation from one 110 MW and one 250 MW unit of Harduaganj has been completely stopped due to shortage of coal. Here the third unit of 250 MW capacity is being run at 100 MW less capacity. At the same time, power generation from one unit each of 210 and 250 MW capacity of Pareeksha has come to a standstill. The remaining two units here are being run with a capacity of 130 MW.
Sources reveal that Obra’s units have coal stock left for only four days and Anpara’s units for three days. If coal does not reach these units soon, then production here may also come to a standstill. The shortcomings of Power Corporation management have come to the fore for the reduction in coal stock.
Amendment in rules for 50 percent sale of coal from private mines The
government on Tuesday amended rules for 50 percent sale of coal from captive mines. This will benefit over 100 captive and lignite blocks with a peak hour capacity of 500 million tonnes per annum. Also, all the coal and lignite mines states will also benefit. The Ministry of Coal said that the Ministry has amended the Mineral Concession Rules, 1960. Under this, captive blocks of coal and lignite can be sold for 50 per cent of the total production in a financial year.