This is the lowest level of coal supply that thermal power stations have since mid-2012. According to two officials at the state grid operator, there was a fall in the power output on Thursday from a plant in Gujarat which left the country 9,000 megawatts short of the peak demand.
Reacting to the fall in power out on Thursday, Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal said that he was unaware of the fall in power output. "I don't know about the possibility of a breakdown. There is a problem, with many of the coal supplies," he said.
Since the weak monsoon gripped the country, the government urged the coal based power stations to raise the power output. Power officials say that Maharashtra and Haryana could be hit with blackouts in the coming days.
With agency inputs