A little over 11,500 MW of thermal generation capacities from 36 power units at 27 stations are idling due to want of coal. These plants, some of which have been shut for about three months, were to receive the dry fuel from Coal IndiaBSE -2.34 %.
According to data compiled by the government, as of October 31, 500 MW unit at the Mejia Thermal Power Station and 600 MW unit at Raghunathpur have been lying idle for about three months. The reason is shortage of coal. While some idling capacities are being brought online on a regular basis, some other units are going off-grid due to dwindling coal supplies.