Expressing satisfaction over the rising demand for electricity despite the shortage of coal, the Power Ministry on Tuesday said 124 billion units of electricity were consumed in August 2021, which was nearly 20 per cent more than the 106 billion units consumed in August 2019. period before the pandemic.
The ministry said there has been an increase in demand since August this year, which is “a positive sign and indicates that the economy is growing”.
It said the demand as on October 4, 2021 was 1,74,000 MW, which was 15,000 MW more than the corresponding day of the previous year i.e. October 4, 2020.
The ministry said that the demand is also increasing because under its Saubhagya or Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, more than 28 million households had received electricity connections, and now they are equipped with electrical appliances such as fans, coolers, air conditioners and television sets. were buying.
Under Saubhagya, electricity connections are being provided to all un-electrified households.
Referring to the shortage of coal in several power plants, the ministry in its statement said that the poor supply of dry fuel was mainly due to incessant rains in the coal bearing areas during the months of August and September.
However, it added that the supply has now improved as 263 rakes were dispatched to the plants on October 4, 2021, which was 15 more than the rakes dispatched on the previous day i.e. on October 3, 2021.
The power ministry said as on October 3 the average stock of coal in power plants can last for four days, due to the fact that it is a rolling stock and dry fuel is dispatched on a daily basis, there will be no crisis. .
Incidentally, even Power Minister RK Singh had told NDTV on Tuesday that the coal shortage in the country has not yet led to a power crisis and there is no need for rationing at the moment. (Also read: https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/rk-singh-no-crisis-yet-says-power-minister-on-reports-of-4-days-of-coal-reserves – left-2564604#pfrom=home-ndtv_topstories)
He had even said that coal production would be able to meet the demand in the next few days.