Centre vs States On Coal Shortage Amid Fears Of Blackout Panic: 10 Points

Power Minister RK Singh said that the supply routinely drops during monsoon as the mines get flooded, but the demand remains high especially with the growing economy.

To the centre’s ‘All is well’ messaging over the coal situation in the country, several states have said that the crisis and concerns over power blackouts are real. Many Chief Ministers have written to PM Modi spotlighting the same.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has called out Power Minister RK Singh’s “sufficient” coal stock statement as “irresponsible”, adding the same thing was said during the oxygen shortage crisis in the capital during the COVID-19 second wave. “When we had an oxygen crisis, The coal situation is similar. We have a crisis today,” Mr Sisodia said.

A panic and been unnecessarily created about coal shortage and this is due to miscommunication from GAIL and Tata, Union Minister for Power RK Singh said. “We have sufficient power available… We are supplying power to the entire country. Whoever wants, give me a requisition and I will supply them,” he said.

The supply, Mr Singh said, routinely drops during monsoon as the mines get flooded, but the demand remains high especially with the growing economy.

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