Hours after the Centre’s assurance that it has “sufficient” shares to satisfy energy sector demand, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has accused it of turning a blind eye to the disaster at hand. Mr Sisodia, drawing a parallel between the coal disaster and the oxygen scarcity in the course of the COVID-19 second wave peak in April-Might this 12 months, mentioned, “When we had an oxygen crisis, they kept saying there was no such crisis.”
“The coal situation is similar. We have a crisis today,” he added.
Earlier within the day, Union Energy Minister RK Singh mentioned “a panic has been unnecessarily created about coal shortage”, including the state of affairs shall be dealt with within the subsequent few days. Mr Singh additionally mentioned that “sufficient power is available”.
Mr Sisodia termed the Union Minister’s assertion “irresponsible”, at a time when “Chief Ministers across the country have been warning the Centre” in regards to the impending blackouts attributable to coal inventory state of affairs.
A number of states, together with Gujarat, Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi and Tamil Nadu, have been elevating considerations over blackouts. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in a letter, urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to intervene in order that coal and fuel will be diverted to producing vegetation which provide electrical energy to the nationwide capital.
“Chief Ministers across the country have been warning the Centre about the crisis. In the middle of all this, the Union Power Minister in a press conference today dismissed the apprehension of a crisis, saying that the Chief Minister of Delhi should not have written a letter,” mentioned Mr Sisodia.
A crippling coal scarcity has additionally precipitated a provide scarcity in states akin to Bihar, Rajasthan and Jharkhand, with residents within the areas experiencing energy cuts stretching to as much as 14 hours a day.
The federal government, in the meantime, has listed 4 causes for the depletion of coal shares at energy vegetation — the unprecedented enhance in demand for electrical energy attributable to revival of the economic system, heavy rains in coal mine areas, enhance within the worth of imported coal and legacy points akin to heavy dues of coal corporations in sure states like Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.