July 17, 2009 3:35:55 am
State Energy Minister Sunil Tatkare on Thursday said that a road map to ensure the zero loadshedding (ZLS) model in six revenue divisions had been submitted to the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC). The plan is to purchase power at
Rs 7.33 per unit to procure additional power to make the six revenue divisions,including Pune,free from loadshedding. The state would be free from loadshedding by 2012,
Three years ago,the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) had appointed the Tata Power Company as an interim franchisee to procure power for Pune for three years. The agreement ended in May this year,following which the MSEDCL had urged the MERC to extend the deadline. Now the MSEDCL has prepared its own road map with schemes for power generation and have submitted it to the MERC.
In its petition to the MERC,the MSEDCL has urged for withdrawal of loadshedding in the headquarters of the Revenue Division of Thane,Vashi,Nashik,Aurangabad,Nagpur,Pune and Amravati. There are plans to procure 1,629 MW in 2009-10. In 2010 -11,2,070 MW will be procured,in 2011-12,3,934 MW and in 2012-13, 3,210 MW. This power,when commissioned,will probably be sufficient to mitigate loadshedding in Maharashtra with the operation of load management schemes,Tatkare,who was in the city on Thursday,told mediapersons.
Tatkare said schemes worth Rs 1,006 crore have been announced for Pune. While Pune city has a demand of 835 MW,Pune rural needs 800 MW. There are plans to set up 35 new sub stations and1.12 lakh meters. He said the MSEDCL has proposed a reliability charge of 39 paise to procure an additional 146 MW to ensure that Pune is free from loadshedding and reliability charge of 51 paise for procuring 75 MW for Thane.
The Energy Minister also said the decision on the reliability charge is awaited from the MERC.
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