The summer is going to be bad for 12 Indian states who may be headed towards an impending energy crisis. The All India Power Engineers Federation has warned that thermal power stations and as many as 12 states have coal stock only for eight days, with domestic power demand hitting a 38-year-high in the first two weeks of this month.
The power ministry last week urged states to import coal for up to 10 percent blending to ensure that adequate stock was available for an uninterrupted power supply.
Harry Dhaul, Director-General of the Independent Power Producers Association of India (IPPAI), spoke to CNBC-TV18 about the impending power crisis.
Dhaul said: “It is fairly clear that the industrialised parts of the country are going to suffer the most because their demand for power is much more, and it is continuous in a lot of cases. The ministry of power is monitoring, almost on a 24-hour basis, each generating unit. But, be that as it may, demand has gone up tremendously. So, you are going to face a little bit of a crisis. But I don't think we should panic or worry too much.”
The power crisis has intensified and unfortunately now turned political. As several states in the country are facing the possibility of hours long power cuts. the Delhi government has now warned that the State has less than a day of coal and even key services like the Metro and hospitals could see disruption.
On this episode of the India Development Debate, we take a look at how we have come to this dire situation and what can be done to get out of it. Besides measures to increase coal supplies to power plants, the Union government has asked states to step up their imports for the next three years to build up inventories.
On the show we are joined by Anil Razdan, the Former Power Secretary, Sabyasachi Majumdar, the Senior Vice President & Group Head - Corporate Ratings, at ICRA Limited and Harry Dhaul , the Director General of Independent Power Producers of India Association.
An all out Centre Vs States politics has exploded over power supply.
Delhi government has claimed disruption in coal supply & added that power supply to many essential institutions including Delhi Metro, hospitals could be affected. The AAP government claimed that it has only one day coal stock. Several reports also suggest, huge power shortage in Jharkhand, Bihar and parts of U.P & Haryana.
Meanwhile Centre has denied the power shortage.
"BJP is the first to shift blame to the states", says Congress Spokesperson AiyshwaryaM to TamannaInamdar while discussing the PowerShortage.