India, Oct. 9 -- With Andhra Pradesh heading for a severe power crisis due to a sharp decline in generation in the power plants in the state, chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday sent a virtual SOS to the Centre, requesting urgent allotment of coal and revival of defunct coal-fired power plants.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday evening, the chief minister said the power demand increased by 15% in the last six months and by 20% in the last one month, coupled with a coal shortage.

"The power generation stations operated by AP power generation corporation (APGenco), which meet about 45% of state's energy needs, have coal stocks hardly sufficient for one or two days. The coal-based power plants are operating at...