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Unnecessary Panic: Union Power Minister On Blackout Fears

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday had raised concerns regarding a possible power crisis in the capital and wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take adequate steps to prevent a possible blackout in the capital. Several other states including Gujarat, Punjab, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu flagged shortage of coal at power plants.

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Union Minister for Power RK Singh on Sunday said that unnecessary panic was created about coal shortage because of some miscommunication from GAIL and Tata. The statement comes after his meeting with top officials of Delhi’s Power Ministry, BSES and Tata Power at his residence to discuss the coal shortage at power plants.

“The panic has been unnecessarily created and the country has four days' reserve," he said. "Delhi will continue to get supply and there will be no load-shedding. The supply of domestic or imported coal will continue irrespective of the charges. Under no circumstances the gas supply will come down," he added. 

He said that the panic ensued after GAIL informed Bawana gas power plant that it will stop supplying gas after 2 days because their contract was about to expire. “I've asked GAIL CMD, who participated in today's meeting, to continue required supplies. He has assured me that the supplies will continue. Neither there was any shortage of gas in the past, nor will it happen in the future,” the Power Minister said

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday had raised concerns regarding a possible power crisis in the capital and wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take adequate steps to prevent a possible blackout in the capital. Several other states including Gujarat, Punjab, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu flagged shortage of coal at power plants. Punjab has already imposed rotational load shedding at several places.

Tata Power – Delhi Distribution Limited which supplies power to North and North West Delhi sent out a text message on Saturday to its consumers to use power judiciously amid coal shortage. RK Singh warned Tata Power’s CEO to stop sending such text messages. “I've warned Tata Power CEO of action if they send baseless SMSs to customers that can create panic. Messages by GAIL & Tata Power qualify as acts of irresponsible behaviour,” he said.


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