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India: Looming power ‘crisis’ in Delhi amid coal shortages | Al Jazeera

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has warned of a looming power crisis in the Indian capital, saying that some of the major coal-fired stations supplying the city barely have a day’s stock left.

Several states in eastern and southern India have been hit by supply shortages, with utility providers resorting to unscheduled power cuts.

The shortage in India, the world’s second-largest coal-consuming country, follows widespread power outages in China that have shut factories and badly hit production and global supply chains.

“Delhi could face a power crisis,” Kejriwal said on Saturday, adding the megacity has been struggling with energy supplies for the past three months.

“I am personally keeping a close watch over the situation. We are trying our best to avoid it,” Kejriwal said on Twitter.

Kejriwal urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately resolve the crisis, saying any major interruption would affect hospitals and disrupt vaccinations against the coronavirus for Delhi’s 20 million people.

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