New Delhi: As the facility disaster within the nation appears to be deepening, energy secretary Alok Kumar on Monday mentioned Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh must clear dues to coal firms for sustaining provides.
In an interview with CNBC-TV 18, Kumar acknowledged the facility scarcity saying it barely elevated within the first week of October.
“Energy shortage used to be around 0.2-0.3 percent, currently, the shortage is still less than 1 percent. In some states, there are certain issues but the situation is under control and monitored continuously,” Kumar advised the channel.
Whereas elaborating on state dues, Kumar mentioned, “We have been writing to the states to pay their dues for the coal companies because these states have huge outstanding due to coal companies and their coal supplies were affected. I would say these states are responsible for not collecting money, on time, from their customers and paying to coal companies.”
He mentioned chief secretaries of Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh have been repeatedly knowledgeable about clearing their dues to the coal firms with a view to guarantee coal provide.
“There are components just like the delayed monsoon, coal dispatch, although they’re greater than the earlier 12 months there’s a tight scenario, however the states who’ve managed well timed coal shares by paying to the coal firms, are usually not having such a giant downside,” Kumar added.
The ability secretary additionally shared the main points at a time when a number of states, together with the nationwide capital Delhi, watching an influence disaster due to a number of components together with extreme rainfall hitting coal motion and imported coal-based energy vegetation producing lower than half of their capability as a result of record-high charges.
Whereas energy producers and distributors have warned of blackouts as era items are operating coal as little as two days, the Coal Ministry knowledgeable that the nation has sufficient coal shares and low stock doesn’t suggest era will cease as inventory is being repeatedly replenished.
As per the publication, the excellent dues of the Maharashtra state utility to Coal India have been Rs 3,176.1 crore on the finish of FY21, Uttar Pradesh has Rs 2743.1 crore due and Tamil Nadu state utility dues stand at Rs 1,281.7 crore, and that of the Rajasthan state utility have been Rs 774 crore.
(With inputs from PTI)