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No power crunch, says India over blackout fears

  • October 11, 2021
    No power crunch, says India over blackout fears

    India has ample coal stocks to meet the demand of its power plants, the government said on Sunday (Oct 10), seeking to allay fears of imminent blackouts in New Delhi and other cities.

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    The current fuel stock at coal-powered plants is about 7.2 million tonnes, sufficient for four days, the ministry of coal said.

    Government-owned mining giant Coal India also has a stock of more than 40 million tonnes which is being supplied to power stations.

    "Any fear of disruption in power supply is entirely misplaced," the ministry said in a statement.

    The clarification came a day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal warned of a looming power crisis in the megacity which is home to over 20 million people.

    Several regions across India have been hit by supply shortages in recent months, with utility providers resorting to unscheduled power cuts.

    India's coal-fired power stations had an average of four days' stock at the end of September, the lowest in years.