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    Power crisis likely to worsen in as many as 12 states due to low coal stocks

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    Power crisis likely to worsen in as many as 12 states due to low coal stocks

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    All India Power Engineer Federation (AIPEF) says that the power crisis is likely to worsen. The head of the All India Power Engineer Federation has urged the government to take immediate steps to address depleting coal stocks in thermal power plants across the country.

    The power crisis, which has seen many parts of the country struggle,  is likely to worsen in the near term. Speaking to CNBC-TV18, the head of the All India Power Engineer Federation (AIPEF) said that they have urged the government to take immediate steps to resolve this by resolving the depleting coal stocks in thermal power plants across the country.
    As per AIPEF,  12 states could face an energy crisis due to low coal stocks as domestic power demand has hit a 38 year high in the first fortnight of April 2022.
    The power shortage across the country has increased from 1.1 percent in October 2021 to 1.4 percent in April 2022. Meanwhile, the demand for coal has increased by 9 percent compared to last year, and reports suggest that coal stock in thermal power stations is low.
    Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, Jharkhand and Haryana are some of the states grappling with power cuts.
    Last week, Government officials and analysts said  India is likely to face more power cuts this year as utilities' coal inventories are at the lowest pre-summer levels in at least nine years and electricity demand is expected to rise at the fastest pace in at least 38 years.
    Andhra Pradesh, home to plants operated by automakers such as Kia Motors and drug manufacturers including Pfizer, was facing an electricity deficit of 8.7 percent, the government data showed, pushing it to resort to widespread power cuts.
    "The problem is, even after Coal India and the coal ministry kept asking power plants to stock up, the utilities kept reducing their inventories," Rajiv Agarwal, secretary general of the Indian Captive Power Producers Association, had said last week.
    Gujarat and Maharashtra had resorted to load shedding, officials said, with government data showing eastern states such as Jharkhand and Bihar, and Haryana and Uttarakhand in the north reporting power shortages of over 3 percent each.
    On April 15, Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut blamed the Centre for poor management of coal supply and railway racks, and claimed that the state only has six days of coal stock left.
    The state government is working towards filling the supply gap in power generation to prevent load shedding in the state, he had said.
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