Coal shortage across the country has led to reduced power generation and Delhi might go through intermittent blackouts in the coming days, power discom Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) CEO Ganesh Srinivasan said on Saturday.
Coal-based power stations supplying electricity to Delhi discoms have coal stocks to meet generation requirements for one-two days against 20 days as per applicable regulations, he said in a statement.
"As a result, Delhi might go through intermittent rotational load shedding. However, proactive steps by both Delhi as well as the central government for handling the grim situation are under consideration to arrange or divert coal for power generation," Srinivasan said.
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No immediate reaction on the development was available from the Delhi government. TPDDL, which supplies power to the north and northwest Delhi areas, has started sending SMS to its customers urging them to use electricity judiciously.
"Due to limited coal availability in generation plants across the north, power supply scenario between 2 pm to 6 pm is at a critical level. Kindly use electricity judiciously. Be a responsible citizen. Inconvenience caused is regretted," read an SMS received by a TPDDL consumer in Burari.
The Reliance infrastructure-led - BSES discoms - BRPL and BYPL - that supply power to a major part of the national capital did not comment on the issue.
The three power distribution companies (discoms) in the city are joint ventures between private companies and the Delhi government. Coal shortages across the country have led to reduced power generation from the coal-based plants including those under long-term contracts with Delhi discoms including TPDDL, Srinivasan said.
Ahead of the festival season, the coal supply crisis seems to be deepening as 64 non-pithead power plants are left with less than four days of dry fuel stocks.
(Edited by : Yashi Gupta)