Amid fears of a nationwide blackout due to the coal supply crisis by several industries, power consumption fell by about 2 percent (3,828 million units) on October 9, 2021, compared to 3,900 million units on October 9, 2021.
Consumption figures for October 8 were the highest on the month to date, according to information available from the Ministry of Power, which has raised growing concern about the power outage in the country.
Meanwhile, on October 9, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), which supplies electricity to the northern and northwestern parts of the national capital, sent messages to its customers on mobile phones asking them to use the power fairly. If limited coal is available, supply will be at a critical point from 2pm to 6pm.
Despite producing favorable dry fuel in the current financial year, the supply of coal to power stations has been affected and transport from the pit heads to the units has been delayed due to prolonged monsoon.
States like Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have been affected and warned of possible power outages in the coming days.
Furthermore, with the rising international price of coal, imports of dry fuel have declined, affecting factories that rely on imported coal for power generation.