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No coal stock left at 8 thermal power plants: Power crisis ahead!
Eight thermal plants in the country have nil coal stock, 7 plants have one day stock and another 12 has less than 4 days coal stock, according to a latest report of Central Electricity Authority (CEA).

CEA, which monitors 100 thermal plants with generation capacity of 113020 MW across the country for the coal stock, has reported in its report that average coal stock of all the thermal plants is sufficient for 7 days. The daily coal requirement for these plants is 14,83,000 metric tons. The thermal plants are supposed to maintain coal stock of 21 days during monsoon season as the coal supply is hampered during rainy season.

It may be mentioned that during rainy season it becomes difficult for Coal India to replenish the coal stock and in case on any disruption the coal supply is stopped to number of thermal plants in the country.

The coal stock at 27 thermal plants is less than 4 days and western region is worst hit as 12 plants with super critical coal stock are from this region. 5 thermal plants in each region are having coal stock of less than 4 days. In northern region, Rajpura thermal plant in Punjab, Rihand and Anapara C in Uttar Pradesh have reported nil coal stock .

The main reason given for less coal stock is regulated coal supply by Coal India due to several constraints. The reason may be less allocation of coal, transportation problems of Railways and inability of new plants to handle coal.

In case of Punjab, the coal stock at state run thermal plants at Lehra Mohabatt and Ropar is sufficient for 6 and 12 days respectively. In case of private thermal plants at Rajpura and Talwandi Sabo stock is left for 1l and 2 days respectively.

The coal position in all the three thermal plants of Haryana is comfortable. Panipat thermal has 31 days coal stock while Yamuna Nagar and Khedar have 28 days coal stock.

Meanwhile NTPC has reported that the six thermal plants, with a total generation capacity of 17,000 MW, have "reached at a critical level of coal" sufficient for less than two days.

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