Rail Ministry in touch with Coal Min, Power utilities to ensure Coal availability at plants

Close coordination is being maintained with Coal Ministry, Power Ministry, Coal India, NTPC and other power utilities to ensure adequate availability of coal at the power plants – said a Railway source.

NEW DELHI: The railway ministry is maintaining close coordination with the coal ministry and other state agencies to ensure adequate availability of dry fuel at power plants, an official source said today. The development comes at a time when Delhi is staring at electricity shortage due to the fast depleting coal stockpiles at power plants in the city.

“Close coordination is being maintained with Coal Ministry, Power Ministry, Coal India, NTPC and other power utilities to ensure adequate availability of coal at the power plants,” according to a railway source.

Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain had yesterday said in a letter to the Centre that thermal generation stations Dadri I & II, Jhajjar and Badarpur has been facing an “acute coal shortage” for many days due to non-availability of transportation rakes.

Countering this, the railway sources said that against the daily requirement of 11.5 rakes in the plants supplying power to Delhi, there has been an average daily receipt of 11.5 rakes in three plants—Dadri I & II, Jhajjar and Badarpur — in the current month up till yesterday. Indian Railway officials on Thursday clarified that rakes of coal in Delhi are not a problem and there is no shortage of the same.

The statement came after Delhi’s Power Minister Satyendra Jain wrote a letter to Union Power Minister R K Singh claiming that there is a shortage of coal supply to power plants at Dadri, Jhajjar and Badarpur.

In the letter, Jain had cited non-availability of transportation rakes with Indian railways as the reason for the shortage. He had also urged Singh to take up the matter with the Railway Ministry to avoid load-shedding.

Quoting a Central Electricity Authority report, the officials said that the supply of rakes was well in balance with the requirement in the plants supplying power to the national capital. The total of average daily requirements in the plants is equal to the receipt coming at 11.5 rakes in the month of June 2018.

The officials also added that close coordination is being maintained with the Coal Ministry, Power Ministry, Coal India Limited, National Thermal Power Corporation and other power utilities to ensure adequate availability of coal in power plants.

“The daily requirement of rakes in the plants supplying power to Delhi is: Dadri-6 rakes, Badarpur 1.5 rakes, Jhajjar – 4 rakes (Total-11.5 rakes). The average daily receipt of rakes in the three plants in the month of June 18 (1-27) has been as : Dadri -6.3 rakes, Badarpur 1.5 rakes, Jhajjar 3.7 rakes (total -11.5 rakes),” the source said.

The AAP government yesterday wrote to Power Minister R K Singh that Delhi was staring at a power blackout due to the fast depleting coal stockpiles at power plants in the city and had urged him to take up the issue with the Railways, which transports coal to the national capital.

This is the second time that the Delhi government has alleged that the Railways wasn’t providing wagons for transportation of coal to these plants which, according to Jain, generate around 2,000 MW of power.

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