New Delhi: Amid the possibility of a power blackout in the national capital, the Union Power Minister RK Singh dashed rumours that Delhi is likely to face power shortage and outages due to excess rainfall hitting coal movement and imported coal-based power plants generating less than half of their capacity due to record high rates.
“Delhi is being supplied the required amount of electricity and it will continue, ” Union Power Minister RK Singh said after chairing a meeting with Ministry of Power and discoms.
“In effect, neither there was, nor there is any crisis. It was created unnecessarily. I’ve warned Tata Power CEO of action if they send baseless SMSs to customers that can create panic. Messages by GAIL & Tata Power qualify as acts of irresponsible behaviour, ” warned the Union Power Minister.
Earlier today, officials of Delhi’s Power Ministry, BSES and Tata power reached the residence of Union Power Minister RK Singh for a meeting over coal shortage at power plants.
The panic ensued after GAIL sent informed Bawana gas power plant that it will stop supplying gas after two days because their contract was about to expire. the union minister, as per ANI reports, asked GAIL CMD, who participated in today’s meeting, to continue required supplies.
“I have asked the GAIL CMD to continue supplying the required amount of gas to power stations across the country. He has assured me that the supplies will continue. Neither there was any shortage of gas in the past, nor will it happen in the future,” said Union Power Minister RK Singh.
Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain yesterday cautioned that there could be complete blackout in the national capital after two days if power plants supplying electricity to the national capital do not receive an immediate supply of coal. In order to resolve the power crisis in Delhi, Jain said that the government is even ready to buy expensive electricity at present.
Earlier today, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also warned that the national capital could face a power crisis.
“I am personally keeping a close watch over the situation. We are trying our best to avoid it,” Kejriwal said in a tweet. He also wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday saying that there is a coal shortage situation that has affected the power generation plants supplying power to national capital territory and requested him to intervene in the matter.
(With inputs from ANI)