India is facing a severe shortage of electricity. Key cities are down with 2-6 hour power cuts while rural India is facing the brunt of this outage with almost 10 hours of daily power cuts. Many would admit the obvious reason for this outage, amongst others, as the reduced availability of coal to generate electricity.
But when we look at it again, it hardly seems to a temporary supply demand issue. We ask, can the Prime Minister of India assure his people of future energy security ?
60% of India's electricity comes from coal. With growing uncertainty around the availability and cost of this fossil fuel, a number of power plants are having to run on low capacity and therefore the nation is power deprived.Will the Government solve this current power outage problem? Is there a permanent solution to this outage?
As long as India continues to depend on coal, we will continue to face more and more power outages across the country which will eventually disrupt our economy, our transport, our health services and slow down overall production.
Prime Minister Mr. Manmohan Singh should tell us the truth about coal, its real impacts and its true cost. This Diwali, we want our Prime Minister to gift us, with the truth about India's coal reserves and offer a long term sustainable solution to secure India's energy future.
With the festival of lights 2 weeks away, sign the petition and tell Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take leadership and give a clear statement on energy security future of India.