Prakash Javadekar shares 8-month-old video as govt supplying coal amid recent shortage

Rajya Sabha member and former environment minister Prakash Javadekar tweeted a video of a train carrying coal and claimed that a 4-km-long rack train with four engines is running on a “war footing” to supply coal to power plants.

The video was shared against the backdrop of thermal power plants facing a severe coal shortage, “with coal stocks having come down to an average of four days of fuel across an increasing number of thermal stations”. The government has received flak for the crisis amid reports that Coal India had warned the adviser to the federal power ministry in February of an impending fuel shortage.

The video was shared with the same claim by BJP Delhi Gen Secy Kuljeet Singh Chahal and BJP UP spokesperson Rajesh Chaudhary.

Actor Vindu Dara Singh also tweeted the video.

Among the pro-BJP handles that garnered thousands of views for the clip were @RenukaJain6, @PAlearner and @KharkhariAmit.

The video has also been shared on Facebook. The post below, made by Funclovita, has close to 60,000 views as of this writing.


4 km long Rack train with 4 engines being run on war footing basis to supply coal to power plants.
Indian railway 🔥

Posted by Funclovita on Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Eight-month-old video

IRTS Association had tweeted the video earlier on January 6, 2021. An Alt News reader emailed us the tweet, informing us about Prakash Javadekar’s misleading tweet.

The goods train is the Vasuki and it carried “6000 ton of coal equivalent to 500 trucks” from Korba to Bhilai. Both videos are exactly the same and if one notices carefully, the time on the platform clock (6:35) is also identical.

This was also reported in the media. According to an article in Nai Dunai published on January 7, Vasuki completed the first run of 280 km between Korba to Bhilai, setting a new record for the Railways. The train had four coal-loaded rakes that distributed coal to different power plants. One of the rakes was sent to Mauda NTPC near Jabalpur under Nagpur Division, two were sent to TPHS and ESWS in Gujarat and the remaining was sent to BRD Dahanu Road in Maharashtra.

Two weeks hence, another Vasuki goods train ran between Bhilai and Korba. This was a longer train with a total length of 3.5 km. It carried coal in five rakes. A video of this train was tweeted by former railway minister Piyush Goyal.

An eight-month-old video of a freight train carrying coal was tweeted by BJP leader Prakash Javadekar as recent to portray that the government is supplying coal to power plants amid the ongoing shortage.

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