2272 - PMO reviews coal supply, power availability situation amid crisis
Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Tuesday reviewed coal supply and power generation scenario amid the energy crisis faced by several states. The shortage of coal has led to power cuts in states. At the meeting, Power Secretary Alok Kumar and Coal Secretary Dr AK Jain made a presentation on coal and revealed ways to increase transportation of coal, claimed reports.
Amid reports of a coal shortage in India, the Centre has warned states against selling power on the exchanges at "high price" and "starving their own consumers". If any state is found doing so, their unallocated power "shall be withdrawn" and allocated to needy states, the government said. The government asked states to use unallocated power to supply electricity 24x7.