New Delhi (JNN). In view of the power crisis caused by the shortage of coal, now the Prime Minister himself has intervened in this matter and prepared an action plan. Through this, the shortage of coal and power crisis being faced by the states will be overcome soon. However, this crisis is happening only because of the states ignoring the things told by the Center. In fact, in March this year itself, the power plants were asked by the Center to ensure adequate storage of coal. But the states did not take it seriously, due to which now these states are facing trouble. Let us tell you that on Tuesday, the PM had a review meeting in this matter.
It was revealed in this meeting that at present the daily coal demand of thermal power plants is about 19 lakh tonnes. On Monday, 19.5 lakh tonnes of coal has been supplied. This will be increased to 20 lakh tonnes per day in a week. It is also expected that by the end of this month most of the power stations will have eight days of coal reserves. Let us also tell you here that Coal India owes about Rs 21,000 crore on behalf of the states. At present, Maharashtra owes Rs 2,600 crore, Bengal Rs 2,000 crore, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh Rs 1,000 crore, Karnataka Rs 23 crore and Rajasthan Rs 280 crore. It is believed that when the situation improves, these states will also pay the dues to Coal India.
Let us inform that in April 2021, Coal India had a stock of 100 million tonnes of coal. On the other hand, if we talk about the month of April of the year 2020, then this stock was 75 million tonnes of coal. But the states neither ensured storage of coal nor cleared the dues of Coal India. At the same time, due to the increase in the price of coal in the international market, it was also affected. As a result, the states stopped importing and demanded additional coal from the Center. When the states opened their eyes in this matter when more than half of the 135 thermal power plants in the country had coal reserves for just five days.
The Ministry of Coal has asked the states to move coal from the stock of Coal India. According to the Centre, there has been a significant improvement in the coal supply to the plants in the last four days. The government has also made it clear that appropriate action will be taken against the states which do not supply the allocated power from the central government power plants to their customers. In such a situation, the additional power allocation to those states will be canceled and given to other needy states.
The government has also started the process of auctioning 40 new coal mines to augment coal supply in future. This will be the third phase of the auction of the coal block. In the first two phases, 28 blocks were auctioned. It has been said by the Center that a total of 88 coal blocks located in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam are to be auctioned.
The speed with which the Center is trying to deal with this problem, while Punjab, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh are constantly crying out for their problem. There is also a fact that the situation has improved in the urban areas of Uttarakhand, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh as compared to earlier. There is no such problem in Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana and Chhattisgarh. However, the situation in Punjab is bad. There is a power cut here for a long time.