P Chidambaram, a senior Congress politician, took a jab at the Centre today over severe power outages, claiming that the government has found the "ideal solution" to the problem, which is to cancel passenger trains and operate coal rakes.
On Friday, power shortages in various states persisted, with rising temperatures driving up demand for electricity, while opposition parties blamed the Centre for coal shortages at thermal plants.
Mr Chidambaram, in an attack on the administration over the problem, stated, "Coal is plentiful, there is a vast rail network, and thermal plant capacity is underutilised. Nonetheless, there is a severe power shortage. The Modi administration is not to blame. It's because of Congress's 60-year reign!"
"The Ministries of Coal, Railways, and Power are all competent. Past Congress ministers in charge of the relevant departments are to blame! "he stated
"The government has come up with the ideal solution: cancel passenger trains and operate coal rakes instead! Modi, Mumkin, Modi, Modi, Modi, Modi, Modi, Modi, Modi, "In a series of tweets, the former Union minister remarked.
The country's peak power consumption hit an all-time high of 207.11 GW on Friday as a heatwave continued, and the railways cancelled 42 passenger trains to allow coal freight transportation, with the South East Central Railway (SECR) division covering the coal-producing regions cancelling 34 trains.
The Aam Aadmi Party and Congress leaders blamed the Centre for the ongoing power crisis, alleging that logistical support for coal distribution to power plants was not provided.