After banning coal-based power plants in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal cries ‘coal shortage’

In 2019, the Delhi Government, led by AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal, had announced a complete ban on coal-based power plants in Delhi. It had also banned industries that were using coal as a power source.

However, now amid a buzz in the power industry that India is facing ‘coal crisis’, the AAP-led Delhi Government’s claims in this regard seem to have fallen flat. On October 10, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene in the alleged coal crisis.

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Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia accused the Central Government of ignorning ‘coal crisis’ and compared the situation in the national capital with the oxygen crisis during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in April and May.

He further alleged that the Central Government was following the policy of ‘closing eyes’.
Earlier, Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain had also warned that the ‘coal crisis’ could lead to a complete blackout in the national capital if coal supply is not made at the earliest.

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In 2020, the Delhi Power Minister had written to Union Power Minister RK Singh and requested him to shut down 11 thermal plants within a 300 km radius of Delhi. Again in June 2021, the Delhi Government moved the Supreme Court and sought directions to shut down coal-fired power plants in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

-PTC News