Coal crisis: Raj government writes to Centre for more coal supply

Sensing the severity of the coal crisis, the Rajasthan government has been working hard to keep demand-supply balanced. Anil Jain, Union Coal Secretary, wrote to Anil Jain asking him to increase coal supply from Coal India.

According to Dr Subodh Agrawal, Additional Chief Secretary Energy, approximately eleven and a quarter rakes must be sent daily from Coal India-Rajasthan. At present, only five rakes are being dispatched out of the subsidiary unit.

 

Agrawal stated that the total state had 9317 MW of power, with an average demand of 10683MW and maximum demand of 12200MW. According to Agrawal, power cuts are made from the feeders based on roster.

The state’s 795 MW thermal power plants, Kalisindh & Kota, have started electricity generation in the past two days.

Agrawal met Monday with high-ranking officials from Vidyut Utpadan, Prasaran and Urja Vikas at Vidyut Bhawan for a review.

He stated that Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot was constantly reviewing the state’s power crisis situation and that things have started improving. However, Coal India’s subsidiaries are still supplying more coal.

“High-level efforts have resulted in 15-16 rakes being dispatched to the state. Earlier, there was less, he stated, adding that 16 rakes had been dispatched on October 10, whereas the previous day, 15 and 15 rakes arrived. For all of the state’s thermal units, 21 rakes are needed each day.