Amit Shah convenes a high-level meeting after states experience power outages

2 May, 2022 | Riya Girdhar

The summit takes place in the midst of a heat wave that has caused power outages in numerous states.

A meeting on the country’s current electricity crisis is being chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

RK Singh, Ashwini Vaishnav, and Pralhad Joshi, ministers of power, railroads, and coal, are also present. The summit takes place in the midst of a heatwave that has caused power outages in numerous states.

The country’s electricity demand has reached a record high in decades, thanks to the sweltering pre-summer months in numerous parts of northern India. According to a Reuters examination of government data, power demand increased 13.2 percent to 135.4 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) while the electricity demand in the north increased by 16 percent to 75 percent.

In April, as utilities battled to manage demand as coal supplies depleted, major power outages ensued from the high electrical use. Power supply fell 2.41 billion units, or 1.8 percent, short of demand, the worst since October 2015.

The Aam Aadmi Party-led administration in Delhi has already declared a severe coal scarcity.

“There is a “acute shortage” of coal due to a lack of sufficient railway rakes, and electricity delivery may be “difficult” if power plants are shut down,” Delhi power minister Satyendar Jain said.

RK Singh, the Union Minister for Power, retaliated against the Delhi government, accusing it of deceiving the public. Singh conveyed his displeasure with the Delhi government misled the public in a letter to the Delhi power minister, according to PTI.

In response to a letter from the Delhi power minister expressing worry over the coal stockpiles at various NTPC facilities that supply power to the NCT of Delhi, Singh stated that the statistics were wrong.