Amid this scorching heat, India is facing an immense shortage of coal. Most of India’s power consumption is coal-based.
At the same time, the power shortage is at its worst in more than six years with two out of three households in the country facing outages, according to a survey of over 21,000 respondents across 322 districts by a community-led social media platform LocalCircles.
Only 12% of the respondents had a 24×7 power back-up.
In India, most middle-class households use devices known as power inverters, which cost anywhere between 5,000-10,000 rupees ($70-$120) depending on their capacities.