Central govt's major decision on coal and power crisis

New Delhi: The Modi government at the Centre is trying to suffice all the demands of the states to ease the energy crisis. Coal stocks have gradually started increasing in the last four days. Official sources say the situation will return to normal in a month. There is no shortage of daily power and coal supply. On the other hand, to ease the crisis, the Union Power Ministry has issued instructions to states not to sell electricity at high prices on exchanges to order power producers in the state to ensure adequate supply.

Official sources said, the coal ministry has been writing to states to take stock from Coal India since January but there was no response. Coal India can stock up to one limit, as overstocking can lead to coal fires. Jharkhand, Rajasthan and West Bengal have their own coal mines but mining is not very low or at all.

The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) held a review meeting on coal supply and power generation on Tuesday. Sources said ways to increase coal transportation were also discussed during the meeting. The Coal Ministry has been asked to increase the supply of coal, while the Railways has been asked to provide rakes to deliver fuel to power plants. People from Rajasthan to Kerala have faced power cuts due to a shortage of coal.

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