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Many Indian States Suffering Coal-Electricity Crisis; Factories, Hospitals, Metros Affected

The total power shortage in the country has reached 623 million units. This figure is more than the total power shortage in March

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Scorching heat and shortage of coal has deepened the power crisis in many states of the country. The states are struggling to meet the huge demand amid low production at power plants. From Jammu and Kashmir to Andhra Pradesh, consumers are facing power cuts ranging from two hours to eight hours. Factories are mostly affected by power cuts.

After record heat in March in the country, extreme heat continues in April as well. In such a situation, the demand for electricity has reached the highest level ever. The total power shortage in the country has reached 623 million units. This figure is more than the total power shortage in March. Coal produces 70 per cent of the electricity in the country.

The government is claiming that there is enough coal available to meet the demand, but coal reserves in power plants are at their lowest in nine years. In addition, the Ukraine-Russia war has resulted in a decline in coal imports along with a rise in international energy prices.

The All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) said that thermal plants across the country are facing coal shortage, indicating power crisis in the country.

Andhra Pradesh is facing a shortage of about five crore units of electricity as compared to the demand. Farmers stop vehicular movement in Punjab's Hoshiarpur to protest against irregular power supply. Apart from that Jharkhand and Odisha governments have also claimed to beat the power crisis in the states.

Similarily, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Gujrat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu are also facing issues related to power supply.


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