India’s northern region is facing over 5,000 MW of power shortage due to coal stocks drying up thus moving ahead towards a major power crisis.
Maharashtra, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab and Gujarat are in critical mode. Power’s 4,620 MW thermal power plant and Tata Power’s 4,000 MW ultra-mega power project provides power to four out of these five states.
Adani Power has stopped supply to Haryana quoting lack of payment of dues.
Punjab stocks coal that may last two or three days and the state government is considering to import.
The power companies of Maharashtra cannot supply power due to lack of coal supply. They also face a dispute over tariffs with Adani Power Company.
Gujarat will face power crisis if the coal supply crisis prolongs. Gujarat anyhow is enabled to generate power from alternative sources, but thermal power is still the main source and may affect badly in worst situations.
Piyush Goyal, Union Power and Coal Minister said, “The hydel projects are not doing well due to deficient monsoon hence pressure on thermal projects”.