Delhi may face Blackout, Jain writes to Union Minister on coal shortage

Satyendar Jain

New Delhi, June 28 :Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain has written an urgent letter to Union power minister R K Singh and  informed him about the  acute shortage of coal  in NCR power plants — Dadri, Jhajjar and Badarpur.

He urged him to take up the issue with the Railways which transports coal to the national capital.

In a letter to Singh, Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain said he National Capital Region may face a blackout as the coal reserves with the Delhi government were only for a-day-and-a-half due to non-availability of transportation rakes.

“Since June 19, the coal stock is declining continuously and has reached approx. 90,000 MT, which is only one and a half days’ requirement.

 The reason he gave for the shortage is the non-availability of transportation rakes with the railways.

Jain requested Singh to “intervene personally and take up the matter with the Railways for providing rakes on priority for transportation of coal to these power plants to avoid blackout in Delhi”.

While addressing the media on Wednesday, Jain said that ideally power plants should have a reserve coal stock for 15 days.

In May, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to direct the Railways to provide rakes for transporting coal to the power plants in Delhi-NCR.


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