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New Delhi CM warns of electricity crisis, writes letter to PM


The chief minister warns of a looming power crisis due to coal shortages.

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The Indian capital could face a power crisis as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday. He said “Delhi could face a power crisis and I am personally keeping a close watch over the situation."

The Delhi CM has also written to Prime Minister Modi, seeking his intervention for adequate coal, gas supply to power plants supplying in the city.

Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

The chief minister warned of a looming power crisis in the Indian capital of 20 million people due to coal shortages, which have already triggered electricity cuts in some eastern and northern states.

Arvind Kejriwal said he had urged the federal government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to allocate more coal and gas to power plants supplying the capital, as earlier in the week many of them had just enough coal stocks to last one day.


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Prices of power-generation fuels are surging globally with industrial growth pushing up electricity demand, leading to a tightening of coal and liquefied natural gas supplies.

In India, over half of 135 coal-fired power plants, which supply around 70% of the country's electricity, have fuel stocks to last less than three days, Reuters reported on Friday.

Indian Prime Minister Modi

In a letter to Modi shared on social media, Kejriwal said coal shortages had continued for three consecutive months, putting pressure on gas-fired power stations that also did not have adequate fuel.

The federal government has, however, assured the public that there is adequate amount of electricity available in the country.

Demand for industrial power has surged in India after the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with increased economic activity driving up coal consumption in the world's second largest consumer of the commodity.

A widening price gap between lower domestic prices and record global prices has made imports of coal unattractive, leaving Indian utilities scrambling to secure supplies as inventories hit critically low levels.


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