After a forecast of deficient rains during the Southwest monsoon, the Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal has said that there will be more pressure on the country’s thermal power generation plants if the monsoon rains are deficient this year. Though, the minister said that the coal and power ministries were ready with a contingency plan to ensure that there are no power shortages in the country in case of a below normal monsoon.
Goyal added that the two ministries under his charge have been preparing for any eventuality by ensuring adequate availability of coal for generation. He said there is adequate coal at every thermal power plant and we have also kept coal with the pit-heads. Production of coal in the first 61 days of this year is up by 11.8 percent and the government will bump up the thermal generation if Hydel power gets affected.
The minister also said that the government was appealing to states to procure more coal, so that their plants do not shut because of fuel shortage and wherever required, state-run power generator NTPC will be available to produce and supply more power. The current hydro capacity in the country is 41650 Mw.
The power minister said the thermal power plants would need to make up for the deficiency and called upon both public and private sector coal and gas fired power plants. Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted 66 per cent chance of deficit monsoon this year.