Why India faces a shortage in coal requirements?

NEW DELHI: The country is running on lower coal stocks. Power generations were cut down in many states in India, including Rajasthan, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, and Delhi, as the country is running out of coal. Chief Ministers’ of some states have written to the Prime Minister, seeking a solution to this crisis being faced.

As the country’s economy is starting to grow after the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the power plants are facing a sudden increase in demand from the industries. In the last couple of months, the rate of power consumption has been hit to 17. Power plants started to earn insufficient incentives, as there is a hesitation to increase the price that consumers pay for electricity, to boost production.

Despite India having the fourth largest coal reserves in the world, domestic producers are being unable to meet the requirements. India is the second-largest producer of coal in the world, following China. Due to the rise in global demand for coal, even importing of it has become harder because of the increase in international coal prices. The coal ministry blamed, a delay in dispatching coal from the mines, due to monsoons. To meet the requirements, the Ministry advised the states to use the unallocated powers of the central generating stations.

This can gradually be resolved by starting up the use of renewable resources, which also brings down the level of carbon dioxide, thus can be a hit of two mangoes in one stone.

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