PTI, New Delhi
Published by: Amit Mandal
Monday, 25 October 2021 11:17 PM Updated to IST
The power minister said that some states had deliberately publicized the coal crisis as a big issue, but that was not true.
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There is no shortage of electricity
Speaking during the virtual launch of the Green Day Market for the sale of renewable energy on exchanges in New Delhi, Singh assured that there would be no going back. Yesterday (electricity) was not interrupted. There was no power outage and this had not happened in the past. If there is any problem, it is due to our own (state) limitations. The minister said more than 8 million tonnes of coal is currently available at power plants in the country.
Some states have become a bigger problem
He said state power distribution companies (DISCOMs) would also have to pay arrears to power plants as they could not provide free electricity in the country. The power minister said that some states had deliberately publicized the coal crisis as a big issue, but that was not true. Some states have their own coal blocks but do not do mining.
Most states owe Rs 16,000 crore
Singh said coal companies owed Rs 16,000 crore to several states. Coal companies, on the other hand, have to bear a variety of costs. In such a situation, many problems arise due to non-payment by the states. Power distribution companies (DISCOMs) alone owe Rs 75,000 crore to power plants. It cannot be maintained.