With reduction in power demand and rise in availability of power, the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) Saturday withdrew its load-shedding plan in two more zones — C and D category (small towns) — apart from A and B areas (cities) a day earlier. All these are urban cities and towns in the state. The state has recently been witnessing load-shedding spurred by shortage of coal for thermal power plants, and the situation was expected to improve in a fortnight. Officials have assured that there would be no power cuts during Diwali.
However, MSEDCL officials are hoping for a good rainfall to bring the demand down further.
“A good rainfall will result in reduction in power demand. So, the gap between demand and supply will be lowered and there will no need of power cuts even in areas of low (bill) recovery,” explained an official. The official added that due to rains on Saturday, electricity demand was reduced to 16,500 MW from 17,800 MW on Friday. Currently, availability of power is 15,700 MW only.
“Due to reduction in demand, we have withdrawn power cuts from C and D category zones that involve small towns,” said the official. On Friday, it had withdrawn power cuts from A and B category areas comprising Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and other cities.
The official said shortage of coal had resulted in load-shedding in the state and it is likely to take a fortnight to resolve the issue. “But, there will be no load-shedding during Diwali. We will buy the 800 MW from the open market in a day or two after the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission gives permission to purchase power at higher rates,” added the official.
State Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule has urged people and government offices to use electricity only when required. “If not required, then fans and other electrical appliances should be switched off. Air-conditioners should be used only when required. Televisions and fans should not be used continuously. Even if there isn’t load-shedding, people on their own should stop electricity usage at least for two hours. This will help save power which could be provided to other parts,” said Bawankule.