Rajasthan faces power cuts as coal shortage hits production
The shortage of coal in Rajasthan has worsened in the past one week with daily power production at thermal power plants falling by 3,000 MW as compared to 2,700 MW a week agojaipur Updated: Oct 08, 2017 20:26 IST
The shortage of coal in Rajasthan has worsened in the past one week with daily power production at thermal power plants falling by 3,000 MW as compared to 2,700 MW a week ago.
Discom officials said that it will take two to three weeks for the coal supply to normalise and load shedding, which started from Sunday will continue on a rotational basis until such time that the supply is restored.
According to schedule, all district headquarters and municipalities in 12 districts that fall under the Jaipur discom will face a two-hour power cut from 9 am to 11 am. The power cuts have been implemented with effect from Sunday. Domestic consumers in rural areas of these districts will face a three-hour power cut from 11 am to 2 pm. In the agriculture sector, the power cut will take place for five hours on a rotational basis.
According to the Rajasthan Energy Development Corporation, the power output of Surajgarh Thermal power station has dropped to 730 MW as compared to the total capacity of 1,500 MW while the output at Kota thermal power plant has come down to 600 MW as compared to its power capacity of 1,240 MW.
Power production at the Chhabra thermal power station has dropped to 635 MW as compared to 1,000 MW and at Kalisindh power station it has come down to 551 MW as compared to its capacity of 1,200 MW. Similarly, the 1,200 MW Adani Power Rajasthan Ltd unit is producing only 616 MW and two 135-MW units of Raj West power station have been completely shut down.
Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot took to Twitter to criticize the government’s handling of the situation. “Reports of the shortage of coal have been surfacing since long but BJP administration took no steps to arrange for proper supply. State government should have ensured adequate electricity supply in the state during Diwali season, but this has not happened,” he tweeted.
An official release issued by the corporation stated that due to change in the weather pattern, the power output of wind and hydel projects has also come down. Also, making up for the shortage of power exchange is also unviable due to the high rate at which the power is now being sold (₹9 per unit), necessitating load shedding on a rotational basis.
According to sources, the thermal power stations are facing a critical shortage of coal as heavy rains in coal-producing states like Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh had flooded the mines. While the situation has improved now, it will take a week or two for normal supply to be restored.