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While the Delhi government has raised an alarm over an imminent power crisis in the capital due to depleting coal reserves, sources in the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) said that coal rakes had started coming in and enough power was available in the grid to tackle any crisis.
On Thursday, the coal stock availability at Delhi's thermal power stations increased a bit and stood at 1,01,985 metric tonnes (MT). While officials said this was still much lower than the normal reserve, sources said the supply was likely to increase from the next week. With the rain bringing down the mercury, the peak power demand in the city also dipped to 5,671MW on Thursday from Wednesday's 6,118MW.
Delhi requires 56,000MT coal daily for generation from the Badarpur, Aravali and Dadri thermal plants. Ideally, the coal stock should be for 15 days, i.e; 8,40,000 MT. But sources in NTPC said the stock situation was improving. "In Dadri, there is 68,000MT coal. In fact, some power stations are backing down because the demand is reducing," said a source.
Delhi sources power from thermal, gas and hydro power stations. The largest amount is sourced from thermal stations because of gas shortage in the country. Besides Badarpur, Aravali and Dadri, the city also sources power from the Rihand and Singrauli thermal stations. A significant amount is also sourced from hydro plants like Naptha Jhakri and Tehri.
"The Delhi government was worried if the thermal generation suddenly takes a hit at a time when power demand suddenly shoots up, there could be blackouts," said an official.
Power minister Jain wrote to his central counterpart, R K Jain, on Wednesday to highlight the issue of acute coal shortage in the past 10 days and sought his intervention.
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