Maharashtra Vitality Minister Nitin Raut on Friday stated that load shedding within the state is a results of a rise in demand for electrical energy following rest of the COVID-19 curbs. Chatting with reporters right here, Raut blamed the Centre for poor administration of coal provide and railway racks, and claimed that the state solely has six days of coal inventory left. The state authorities is working in the direction of filling the availability hole in energy technology to stop load shedding within the state, he stated.
Union Minister Raosaheb Danve had earlier acknowledged that lack of planning by the Maharashtra authorities had led to the scarcity of coal and resultant energy scarcity within the state. Raut stated the scarcity of coal isn’t restricted to Maharashtra, however is prevalent throughout India, and claimed that the Union energy minister had held discussions with power ministers from all states, asking them to import coal. “The demand for electrical energy has elevated manifold because the economic system reopened after the COVID-19 pandemic abated throughout the nation. Electrical energy isn’t out there for buy within the open market. Equally, there is no such thing as a correct administration of coal provide and railway racks, because of which the states are going through this case,” the minister stated.
Raut additional stated that the state authorities has coal inventory that would final for six days on the most. “We are able to use 62 per cent of the out there coal and retailer the remainder for monsoon. That is the current scenario,” he stated. The state authorities has to present Rs 2,200 crore to the Centre for buy of coal and it has been requested to clear the dues first for extra provide, Raut stated.
“We have now knowledgeable the chief minister concerning the present scenario. We’re working in the direction of filling the availability hole in electrical energy technology to stop load shedding within the state,” the minister stated.