- Punjab, which was reeling from a severe power crisis a few months back, has again faced a problem. The coal stock in the state’s thermal plants is on the verge of running out. This is the reason that two units of the Ropar plant and one unit of Lehra Mohabbat had to be stalled.
The coal crisis has arisen in the thermal plants of Punjab. Due to incessant rains in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, work in coal mines is being affected there. This is affecting the coal supply of Punjab. Now few days stock is left in thermal plants. If the supply is not restored soon, it will directly affect the power generation and the power crisis in the state may deepen again. In view of the shortage of coal, two units of the Ropar plant and one unit of Lehra Mohabbat have been closed.
On the other hand, Paramjit Singh, Director (Generation), PowerCom, says that at present there is coal in thermal plants and talks are going on at the central government level to ensure that power generation is not affected. According to the information, only three to 12 days of coal is available with the thermal plants of Punjab, whereas according to the standards, coal should be for 25 to 30 days.
Goindwal Thermal Plant has the lowest coal balance of 5.9 tonnes for only three days. Whereas the government thermal plant Lehra Mohabbat has six days, Rajpura thermal plant 12 days, Ropar plant 8 days, and Talwandi Sabo thermal plant have only nine days of coal. On normal days, 12 to 15 rakes of coal reach the thermal plants of Punjab daily, but on Friday, Punjab is going to get only six rakes of coal. It is being told that after this there will be no supply of coal to Punjab for the next four days.
Due to the crisis of coal in thermal plants, two units of the Ropar plant and one unit of Lehra Mohabbat have been closed. Due to the shortfall in power supply, PowerCom has to procure power from outside to meet the power demand. On the other hand, experts are calling the big shortfall in coal stock in thermal plants of Punjab worrying. According to him, if this situation continues, then the power generation in thermal plants may come to a standstill.