Despite the Meteorological Department predicting a slight delay in the onset of monsoon, the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) failed to utilise the Koyna hydroelectric power station to generate electricity. Technical snag at other power generation sets also led to load-shedding in various parts of the state.
Adding to the woes of residents were the stormy weather conditions and heavy downpour that led to the collapse of as many as 11 transmission towers on Wednesday night, following which there was a shortfall of 1200 MW power. On Thursday too, the power utility had to resort to load shedding in rural areas of Pune, Talegaon, Lonikand, Satara and Baramati.
While work is under way on a war footing, Prabhakar Devre, chief engineer of Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (Pune zone), said one of the transmission towers on the 400 KV Parli-Lonikand line totally collapsed. Ten towers of Reliance at Talegaon also collapsed leading to power disruption in Pimpri and neighbouring areas. MSEDCL officials had to resort to load shedding for one-and-a-half hours.
Meanwhile, in the past couple of days there has been a shortfall of around 3,000 MW power, which arose after private power generating stations shut down – two units of 660 MW each operated by Adani Power, a 600 MW unit of JSW Energy and a 500 MW unit operated by India bulls. There is also a 500 MW drop in supply from the central grid.
While officials have met the shortfall by drawing 1,200 MW from the central power exchange and other emergency electricity purchase, the power utility had decided to not draw supply from Koyna power station. They also pointed out that some of the private power generating stations had commenced operations.
Maharashtra’s peak demand is more than 15,500 MW and a shortfall in supply has forced the electricity distribution company to resort to load shedding. Neelkanth Wadekar, chief engineer of MSEDCL (Pune zone), said precautionary measures had been taken ahead of monsoon, and around 70 maintenance teams were working round the clock. Power utility centres can be contacted on toll free numbers 1800-200-3435 and 1800-233-3435.
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