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Home Minister Amit Shah holds review meeting with other ministers on power crisis

New Delhi, May 2 (PTI) Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday held a meeting with top officials of the ministries of coal, power and railways amid power cuts in many parts of the country.

According to sources, Coal Minister Prahlad Joshi, Power Minister RK Singh and senior officials of the concerned ministries also attended the meeting.

Sources told PTI that during the meeting, Shah reviewed coal supply to power generation plants, among other issues.

The Union Home Ministry acts as a ‘coordination’ between the Center and the states on many issues.

Many states of the country are facing severe power crisis since last week. In such a situation, efforts are on to increase the supply of coal to thermal power stations.

As per the latest data, as on May 1, 147 non-pithead (located away from coal mines) thermal power plants with a total generating capacity of 164 GW, monitored by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), had coal reserves at 26 per cent of the standard or normal level. .

According to the data, till Sunday, power plants located away from coal mines had 14,664 thousand tonnes of coal reserves against the standard level of 57,236 thousand tonnes.

Non-pithead thermal power stations are located far away from the coal mines and the coal reserves in these plants are of great importance.

According to data from the national grid operator Power System Operation Corporation (POSOCO), electricity consumption in the country grew by 13.6 per cent year-on-year to 132.98 billion units (BU) in April. This increase was due to the onset of summer and a boom in economic activity.

In April last year, the electricity consumption was 117.08 BU, as compared to 84.55 BU in the same month of 2020.

On the other hand, the maximum demand for electricity met in April this year reached an all-time high of 207.11 GW on Friday. Last year on July 7, 2021, the maximum demand was 200.53 GW.

The maximum demand was 204.65 GW on Thursday and 200.65 GW on Wednesday.

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