On Saturday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi claiming that there is a coal shortage situation that has affected the power generation plants supplying power to NCT and requested him to intervene in the matter.
"I draw your attention to the prevailing coal shortage situation that is continuing since August/September 21 for the third month in a row, which has affected the power generation from the major Central Generating plans supplying power to NCT of Delhi," said the letter.
"Delhi could face a power crisis. I am personally keeping a close watch over the situation. We are trying our best to avoid it. In the meanwhile, I wrote a letter to Hon’ble PM seeking his personal intervention," Kejriwal tweeted.
The letter also mentions that with the coal stock situation depleting in power generating stations, the dependence on Gas stations supplying the power to Delhi increases. But, even the gas station supplying power to Delhi does not have adequate APM gas to run at full capacity.
"If the situation continues, it would severely impact the power supply situation in Delhi," says Delhi CM in the letter.
He requested PM Modi to direct necessary instructions to the concerned Ministries/Offices to ensure adequate coal and APM gas supply to power generating plants that supply power to Delhi. He also, requested that the maximum rate of power sold through exchange should be capped.
CM Kejriwal also requested about gas allocations to Bawana, Pragati -I and GTPS supplying power to the city.
Meanwhile, while addresing a press conference in the national capital today, Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain said, "There is a coal shortage even when production plants are not running at full capacity. Appeal to Centre look into the matter. We have a Power Purchase Agreement where they are giving us half of the electricity. We have come to point of rationing."
"There is a possibility of politics as it appears to be a man-made crisis similar to the oxygen crisis. We have 3.5 times more production capacity than what we require and still, we aren't able to produce power," Jain added.