AS power outage continues across the state, the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) on Thursday claimed that coal supplies have been restored and they are sufficient to fulfill the energy requirement of the state.“The supply of almost 28 rakes daily has been restored out of the total requirement of 30 rakes for power production, with each rake having the capacity of transporting 4,000 metric tonnes of coal,” said Vishwas Pathak, a director of the Maharashtra State Electricity Board, the holding company of MSEDCL.
Over the past couple of weeks, consumers in several parts of the state have been experiencing power outage owing to short supply of coal. Last week, the MSEDCL had resorted to distress load shedding in all A to G zones, including rural and urban areas.
Officials said due to the unanticipated rains in the month of October, several underground mines ceased production, which led to scarcity of coal. It resulted in a power shortfall of 2,200 megawatt (MW) in the state of Maharashtra that has 2,40,00,000 consumers and an electricity demand of 17,900 MW.
Pathak, during an interaction with the press in Mumbai, said load shedding has stopped in all regions. “The outages are in places where residential as well as agricultural consumers get supply from a common feeder. For agricultural consumers, the supply is for a limited time and hence, some residential connections from the same feeder are getting affected,” he said.
“The MSEDCL had successfully fulfilled power demand of 23,500 MW in March this year but we failed to supply 18,000 MW of power this month. This was only because we ran out of ink/raw materials (coal),” Pathak added.
He said the distribution company is committed to switching to non-conventional sources of energy with growing global pressure to diminish global warming, although it cannot be achieved fast. “Due to the exceeding volume of requirement, we have to rely on thermal energy and cannot immediately switch to renewable energy sources,” he said.