The coal shortage at many super thermal plants is also very critical. This includes 1320 MW Jhajjar thermal plant in Haryana where unit no. 2 is under forced outage due to coal shortage since November 14. At Jhajjar, coal stock is just sufficient for two days and at Panipat coal stock will last for four days. Coal stock at Khedar will last only seven days.
The other major super thermal plants with less than four days coal stock are Vindhyachal (3760 MW), Talcher S (3,000 MW),Sipat (2,980 MW), Korba (2,600 MW), Ramagundem (2,600 MW), Farakka (2,100 MW), Singrauli (2,000 MW) and Simhadri (2,000 MW).
According to CEA, inadequate coal supply from Coal India has been cited as one of the major reasons for the coal crunch facing the thermal sector. This irregular and short supply of coal has thus, forced several power stations to operate below their installed capacities.
On Tuesday, parliament was informed that ministry of coal is addressing the coal shortage issue by taking up the same with concerned authorities at state and central level on regular basis with a view to expedite pending clearances and also with ministry of railways regarding pending rail projects for coal evacuation.