Around 1,100 passenger train excursions have been cancelled across India to enable speedier coal carriage movement in order to address dangerously low stock levels at power facilities, which are experiencing blackouts and outages in numerous states.
Until May 24, about 1,100 journeys will be cancelled, including 500 postal express trips and 580 passenger rail excursions.
To guarantee quick coal transfer, trains from the Northern and South East Central Railway zones have been cancelled.
Officials have stated that the Railways are working “on a war footing” to transport coal and reduce the time it takes to carry coal to power plants.
As per Gaurav Krishna Bansal, an executive director of Indian Railways, the decision to stop trains is just temporary, and passenger services would be resumed as soon as the situation improves.
Several sections of India have experienced blackouts and power outages as a result of an unusual heatwave.
During the recent heatwave, demand for electricity has risen dramatically.
The severe coal shortage has been exacerbated by unpaid debts. According to an official memo acquired by news agency PTI, huge outstanding dues of state-run power generating firms worth approximately 7,918 crores have resulted in reduced coal export, notably to states with significant dues like Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and West Bengal.
Furthermore, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, and Delhi have not made prior arrangements with their gas-fired facilities, affecting around 4,000 megawatts of capacity and increasing domestic coal demand, according to the note to the cabinet secretary.