New Delhi, Jul 20: State Power Minister Satyendar Jain on Friday said that national capital is likely to face a power crisis as the coal reserves with the Dadri I and II power stations has decreased. In a letter to Union Power Minister RK Singh, Jain said that the declared capacity of the power station has come down to 934mw from 1,696mw. Also Read - Oxygen Shortage: Delhi's Madhukar Rainbow Children Hospital Raises Alarm, AAP's Raghav Chadha Steps In
“The imminent likelihood of shutdown of the thermal power units at Dadri will have an adverse impact on the power supply to Delhi and would cause serious discomfort to the citizens in the hot and humid weather,” Jain wrote in the letter. Also Read - First 'Oxygen Express' Train Leaves For Maharashtra Amid Rising Cases, Piyush Goyal Shares Video
Jain requested Singh to intervene and resolve the crisis. In another letter, dated June 27, Jain had informed the Minister about the shortage of coal supply to the NCR power plants at Dadri, Jhajjar and Badarpur.”Your kind intervention in the matter led to augmentation of coal stocks for a while,” Jain wrote on Friday, adding that the stock position at Dadri has decreased fast over the past four days. Also Read - Railways to Run Oxygen Express Trains Via Green Corridors to Meet Demand Amid COVID Cases Surge
However, recently Coal Minister Piyush Goyal had ruled out any coal shortage at city-based thermal power plants said that the AAP-led Delhi government should focus on strengthening distribution infrastructure to meet current electricity demand as well as of future.
“Today in Delhi there is neither any problem of coal nor electricity. The Delhi government should focus on strengthening distribution infrastructure to meet the demand of 6,500-7,000 MW as well as future needs,” Goyal told reporters here.
Stating that coal ministry and Coal India has ensured that there is no electricity problem even for a day in Delhi, the minister said that coal was being made available to every plant.
“I think that as we speak around 30-35 rakes are on the way to power plants in Delhi. There is also (coal) stock in all the three plants,” Goyal said.
When asked about plans to increase the number of rakes, he said, “What is now 300-400 wagons will be tripled in the next three-four months. And going forward I am telling..to ramp up to 2000 (supply of wagons) every month.” In a letter to Centre, Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain had last week said thermal generation stations Dadri I & II, Jhajjar and Badarpur had been facing an “acute coal shortage” for many days due to non-availability of transportation rakes.
(With agency inputs)