Uttar Pradesh and Kerala Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Pinarayi Vijayan held an emergency meeting to resolve the coal crisis that led to a power shortage problem. About the same, Kerala Electricity Minister K Krishnakutty said the decision on a power cut in the state would be taken after 19th October. Currently, Kerala is facing a shortage of 100 MW and trying its best to bridge the demand-supply gap through an automated management system and buying electricity at a higher price.
Yogi Adityanath had directed the UP-Power Corporation Chairman M Devaraj to do a detailed review of the supply of coal to the state’s power plants; he referred to take all essential steps to ensure enough coal supply. Many other states have also raised the concern of power blackout due to a shortage of coal. The Union Ministry of Power said it had directed state-run NTPC and Damodar Valley Corporation to ensure power supply to Delhi. Ministry also claimed that many states are not supplying enough power to their public and imposing load shedding to sell electricity in power exchange at a higher rate. The distribution companies have been instructed to not sell power in the power exchange at a higher rate, as it is their duty first to ensure 24X7 electricity supply to their customers.