There are reports of power problem due to shortage of coal from many states of the country. Many states have said that they are left with very little coal stock. Now Union Coal Minister Prahlad Joshi has given an important statement on this, saying that due to excessive rains, there was a slight shortage of coal in between. Due to this, the international price of coal also suddenly increased significantly.
According to a leading news agency report, Prahlad Joshi said that imported coal power plants are either closed for 15-20 days or are producing very little power. He further said that between this we have supplied 1.94 million tonnes of coal yesterday. It is also the largest ever supply of domestic coal in history.
Yesterday we supplied 1.94 million tons, the highest ever supply of domestic coal… As far as states are concerned, this year till June we requested them to increase stock, some of them went on to say that "please do a favour, don't send coal now": Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi pic.twitter.com/axBdRzqJRV
— ANI (@ANI) October 12, 2021
The Coal Minister further said that the stock of coal has decreased for the first 15 to 20 days but yesterday the stock of coal has increased again. He expressed confidence that the stock of coal will increase and there is no need to worry. Prahlad Joshi further explained that there was a shortage of coal due to rain, which led to increase in international prices. An increase has been seen in coal from Rs 60 per tonne to Rs 190 per tonne.
Earlier, the Ministry of Power has asked the states to use unallocated power and at the same time has also instructed not to sell electricity outside at exorbitant prices. The power ministry has asked all states and union territories to use unallocated power for supplying electricity to their consumers. Also said that unallocated power should not be used for implementing load shedding or selling it at exorbitant prices.