Congress leader Kapil Sibal blames BJP for mishandling power crisis

New Delhi: 

Congress Senior leader and lawyer Kapil Sibal on Saturday blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for mishandling power crisis in the nation. He claimed that the power crisis started when the ruling government blamed Congress for wrongly allocating coal blocks and the Supreme Court cancelled them. 

He further blamed the saffron party of not completing the reauction and said, “Genesis of this power crisis goes back to when BJP and CAG gave report that coal blocks were allocated wrongly during Congress government and Supreme Court cancelled them. They did the auction again and it’s yet to be completed because of the increased prices.” 

“There’s hardly any private sector production and states don’t have enough money to buy, their (BJP) policy has failed. They took political advantage while common people are not getting electricity.”

Several states of India have been reeling from power outages due to the coal crisis in the country. Coal India Limited has reported an increase of 27.2 per cent in its output in April 2022, as compared to the year-ago period, the Ministry of Coal on Friday.

The Coal ministry further informed that the CIL has a coal stock of 56.7 MT at present, while the stock at Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) is at 4.3 MT, and the captive coal blocks have about 2.3 MT of stock.

The demand for power has risen in April due to heatwave and people in different parts of the country are facing power cuts. The problem has been accentuated by a steep rise in prices of imported coal due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict and some power plants not operating to their full capacity.

Amid reports of a dip in coal stocks with thermal plants, Union Minister Pralhad Joshi has said that the country’s thermal plants hold about 22 million tonnes of coal which is enough for 10 days and replenishment will be done continuously. 

(With inputs from ANI)


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