The Narendra Modi-led government is likely to face its first serious test on governance over the next few weeks.
The country is literally sitting on a power crisis time bomb with 56 thermal power plants sitting on less than a week's inventory of coal.
Last week the number of power units with such low level of fuel inventory was 52. According to the Central Electrical Authority (CEA) out of the 100 power plants that it monitors, 27 of them have less than four days of coal.
The northern region is already facing a shortfall of 5,000 MW as power companies are unable to generate more electricity.
Coal shortage is already creating a panic situation in the power ministry. The Power Minister, Piyush Goyal, has started blaming everyone including the past government, Coal India, rains and imports for the current crisis.
Text: Shishir Asthana, Business Standard
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