Several states and power distribution companies pressing the panic button on coal supply and shortfall in electricity the Ministry of Coal and power cuts. Close to 16 Gw of coal based power generation capacity is under outage for lack of coal supply according to the data on the National Power Portal. An increase in international prices of coal and natural gas has added to the woes of power consumers.
The Union minister of coal in a public statement said ample coal was available in the country to meet the demand of the power plants. Government officials maintained the gas supply was being maintained since there was enough gas available. Gas consumption in the power sector has almost doubled to 25 million standard cubic metres a day from 16 mmscmd earlier over the past few weeks to meet the challenges of power generation since coal was in short supply.