Uttar Pradesh and Kerala Chief Ministers Yogi Adityanath and Pinarayi Vijayan held an emergency meeting to resolve the coal crisis that has translated into a power shortage. Kerala Electricity Minister K Krishnankutty said the state would make a decision on imposing power cuts after 19 October.
“The Kerala government will take a decision on imposing power cuts after 19 October. At present, the state is facing a shortage of 100 MW and is trying to meet the demand-supply gap through the automated management system and by purchasing electricity at higher prices,” the minister said.
Yogi had yesterday directed Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Chairman M Devaraj to do a thorough review of the supply of coal to power plants in the state and directed him to take all necessary steps to ensure adequate supply.
He also gave instructions to ensure continuous power supply in urban and rural areas between 6 PM and 7 AM since the festival season was underway.
Many states have raised fears of a possible blackout due to the shortage of coal.
The Union Ministry of Power said it had directed state-run NTPC and Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) to secure power supply to Delhi. In a subsequent statement, the ministry said some states were not supplying power to their consumers and imposing load shedding. “At the same time, they are also selling power in the power exchange at high prices,” it said.
“The responsibility to supply power to the consumer is of the distribution companies and they should first serve their consumers who have the right to receive 24×7 power. Thus, the distribution companies should not sell power in the power exchange and starve their own consumers.”
The union government has requested states to use unallocated power for supplying electricity to the consumers. “In case of surplus power, the states have been requested to intimate to the Government of India so that this power can be reallocated to another needy state,” it said.