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Six National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) plants are facing shutdown due to severe shortage of coal stock, it has been reported.According to an Indian Express report, NTPC Ltd, in a letter written by its chairman and managing director Arup Roy Choudhury to the Power Ministry, said that the six plants, with a total generation capacity of 17,000 MW, have reached at a critical level of coal" sufficient for less than two days."It is pertinent to mention that with the ensuing monsoon, it will become more difficult to replenish the coal stock and in case of even a small disruption, the total power generation at these stations will be adversely affected," said the statement.The report further added that three of the plants did not even have enough coal supply to last for a day. To deal with the crisis, the power ministry has sought the intervention of power minister Piyush Goyal, even as the Indian railways has said that it would not be able to provide extra rakes for the supply of coal.Moreover, out of the 34 proposals received by NTPC for takeover, the company said it has found only about five offers worth considering. "We have been offered 34 projects of 55,000 MW capacity by the private companies for takeover, only 4-5 projects are worth looking at," an NTPC official said.(With additional inputs from PTI)

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