The Power Secretary Alok Kumar said that some states in the country have not yet paid their dues to the coal companies, reason why their supply have been interrupted.
According to the Central Electricity Authority of India, 17 power plants do not have enough reserves to produce energy and 26 only have enough reserves for just one day.
Another 71 power plants have fuel for only two to six days, the Scroll portal noted.
A power crisis is looming in the country and the states of Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Kerala, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have already announced possible power cuts.
In recent days, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan imposed blackouts, the source noted.
The Power Ministry attributed the coal shortage to unprecedented electricity demand and heavy rains in the mining areas in September.
Coal generates about 70 percent of India’s electricity and its shortage left several states with insufficient power supply. Normally stocks range from 15 to 30 days.
The country’s power plants are not producing energy at the desired rate after the revival of the economy.