Satisfied with the growing demand for electricity despite the coal shortage, the Ministry of Power on Tuesday consumed 124 billion units of electricity in August 2021, which was 20 per cent higher than the 106 billion units in August 2019 – the pre-epidemic period.
The ministry said demand has increased since August this year, which is a “positive sign and indicates that the economy is growing”.
It said the demand for October 4, 2021 was 1,74,000 MW, which is 15,000 MW higher than the corresponding day last year, i.e. October 4, 2020.
The ministry said the demand was increasing as more than 28 million households had access to electricity under the Zaubagh or Prime Minister Sahaj Bijli Harkar scheme and now they were buying fans, air conditioners, air conditioners and TV sets.
Under UB Pakiya, electricity connections are provided to all households without electricity.
Referring to the shortage of coal in many power plants, the ministry said in its report that the continuous rains in August and September in the coal-bearing areas were the reason for the poor supply of dry fuel.
However, as of October 4, 2021, deliveries have improved, with 263 racks shipped to factories, 15 more than the racks shipped the previous day, i.e. October 3, 2021.
Although the coal reserves in the power plants will last for an average of four days as of October 3, there will be no crisis as it rolls in and stocks of dry fuel are shipped daily.
Coincidentally, Power Minister RK Singh also told NDTV on Tuesday that the coal shortage in the country has not yet led to a power crisis and there is currently no need for rations. (Read more: https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/rk-singh-no-crisis-yet-says-power-minister-on-reports-of-4-days-of-coal-reserves- Left-2564604 # pfrom = home-ndtv_topstories)
He stressed that the demand for coal production could be met in the next few days.