Coal shortage; Kerala govt mulling power cut, says minister

K Krishnankutty | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Palakkad: Minister for electricity K Krishnankutty said the coal shortage in the country is affecting Kerala as well and the government is mulling implementation of power cuts to overcome the crisis.

There is shortage of 1000 megawatts in the power distribution from the centre. Only 30 percent electricity was supplied from Koodamkulam the other day. As the coal shortage is unlikely to be resolved soon, the state is thinking about power cut. The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has requested the public to reduce power consumption to the maximum, the minister added.

Compared to other states, Kerala mostly depends on hydroelectric projects. However, we cannot say that the state would not face a crisis. Only 20 percent of the required electricity is produced through hydroelectric projects. As the Centre had curbed the power share for the state, we have to implement power cuts in case of a crisis, the minister said.

Many states in the country have started implementing curbs due to coal shortage. Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha are facing severe crisis that resulted after thermal power plants stopped functioning due to coal shortage.

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