Delhi Warns Of Power Outage For Metro And Hospitals Due To Lack Of Coal

New Delhi: There is a lot of coal shortage in the country. Amid the coal shortage the Delhi government has warned of a possible setback in providing uninterrupted electricity supply. They have also warned of power outage at hospitals and metro.

An emergency meeting was held by Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain to assess the situation. He has written to the Centre requesting it to ensure adequate coal availability to power plants that supply electricity to the national capital.

“Due to disruption of power supply from Dadri-II and Unchahar power stations, there may be a problem in 24-hours power supply to many essential institutions, including Delhi Metro and Delhi government hospitals,” a government statement read.

Satyendar said that as of now 25-30 per cent of the electricity demand in Delhi is being met through these power stations, and they face a shortage of coal.

He said that the situation was being monitored by the government. They are making every possible effort to ensure that people did not face power outages in some areas of the capital.

“These power stations play an important role in preventing blackouts in some parts of Delhi and are also essential to ensure the continuous supply of electricity to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, hospitals and people in the upcoming summer season,” the minister said.

National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)’s Dadri-II and Jhajjar (Aravali) were established primarily to meet the power requirement in Delhi. The statement further states that there is very little coal left in stock at these power plants.

The Dadri-II, Unchahar, Kahalgaon, Farakka and Jhajjar power plants supply 1,751 megawatt (MW) of electricity per day to Delhi. The capital gets the maximum supply of 728 MW from Dadri-II power station, while it receives 100 MW from the Unchahar station.

According to the daily coal report of the National Power Portal, all these power plants face an acute shortage of coal.

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