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Electricity Crisis: Center orders power companies to increase Delhi’s supply due to coal shortage

These instructions have been given keeping in view the Declared Capacity offered to Delhi power distribution companies (discoms) in the last 10 days, the ministry said.

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Electricity Crisis: The Energy Ministry on Tuesday instructed the country’s largest power producer, NTPC Ltd, and Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC), to deliver as much electricity as possible to the national capital Delhi due to a potential shortage.

The instructions were given taking into account the declared capacity offered to Delhi’s electricity distribution companies (discoms) over the past 10 days, the ministry said. The government said this would ensure that discoms in Delhi get as much power as they requisitioned as demanded.

The Center also urged states to use unallocated electricity to provide electricity to state consumers and in the event of excess electricity, states were urged to suggest that this power could be reallocated to other needy states.

“If a state sells electricity in an electricity exchange or does not schedule that unallocated power, its unallocated power may be temporarily reduced or withdrawn and reallocated to other states that need it,” said the Center.

The ministry said that the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) could offer the declared normative capacity to Delhi discoms in accordance with the allocations made to them under the power purchase agreements ( PPA) respective, from their coal-based electricity. stations. NTPC and DVC are committed to supplying as much electricity to Delhi as Delhi discoms demands, he said.

The management came amid concerns expressed by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the Delhi government over a critical situation in Delhi due to the crisis in the supply of coal to thermal power plants. Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting on Monday on the electricity crisis and tasked the ministries of coal and electricity to ensure that supplies are maintained.

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