Assam may face power crisis during festive season | Assam may face power crisis during festive season



digital desk, Guwahati. Like other states of India, Assam may also face severe power shortage due to shortage of coal during Durga Puja and other festivals. Officials gave this information on Monday. Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL), the state’s main power distributor, said in a public notification that power generation from thermal stations has come down significantly due to limited coal availability.

APDCL said, the power situation is clearly at a critical stage and power cuts may be inevitable. Please stay with us and use electricity judiciously. Sorry for the inconvenience. A power department official said Assam needs around 1900-1950 MW of electricity under normal conditions, and the demand rises to over 2,200 MW during the festive season.

The state’s own generation from various gas-based power projects is almost half of the normal demand, the official said on condition of anonymity. Assam meets its power requirement after getting electricity from the national and regional grids. In April 2014, the National Green Tribunal banned indiscriminate and dangerous rathol coal mining in neighboring Meghalaya, further eroding coal supplies to Bangladesh and other Indian states.

But environmental activists in Meghalaya and Assam allege that illegal mining continues in Meghalaya and the authorities have turned a blind eye to it. Amid reports of shortfall in coal supply, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday asked Power Minister R.K. Singh and Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi and reviewed the situation. The Ministry of Coal and Coal India Limited (CIL) have assured that there is sufficient coal availability in the country to meet the demand of power plants, an official statement said. Any fear of disruption in power supply is completely unfounded, the statement said. The coal stock in the power plants is sufficient to meet the requirement of more than four days and as the coal supply is being expedited by CIL, the coal stock in the power plants will improve gradually.

(IANS)

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