The overall power crisis in Maharashtra is far bigger than Mumbai, which is largely covered so far, Maharashtra power minister Nitin Raut said today. There is a shortage of 20,000 lakh metric tonnes and the main thermal power plant in the state will run out of coal in less than 2 days, the minister told NDTV in an exclusive interview.
Declaring that the supply from Coal India Limited was volatile, he accused the Center of not helping the state.
Maharashtra, he said, was facing “power politics”. “Since Maharashtra is in the hands of the MVA (Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi) government, the Indian government is not cooperating well with Maharashtra and that is why the shortage is made here,” he said.
“The shortage of coal is there. There is no question about it. Because the agreement we have with CIL (Coal India Limited) after the bridge connection is also there and some MOs are also there with WCL, ACCl, ECL,” he said.
“We will have a contract of 10 lakh million metric tonnes. The shortfall is about 60 to 70 per cent,” the minister said.
“We should be able to (the entire quota) but they only supply 85 per cent. So there is a shortage of 50 per cent coal. After that too, our power plant is generating power and increasing its production by 8.56 per cent. We are trying to provide power at peak times for the people Maharashtra, “he said.
The Coal India Limited, he said, “does not provide supply properly. They do not provide quality coal in supply … in many areas there is a shortage of shelves as well”.
Parts of the country’s financial capital Mumbai and surrounding areas experienced an hour -long blackout on Monday. There was another power outage today in the pockets of the city and its suburbs.
The minister today said the situation in Mumbai was “under control”. The disruption on Monday, he said was due to technical problems.