A day after the state power distribution utility termed the ongoing load-shedding as an ‘emergency’ step, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis tried to delink it from coal shortage at thermal plants and termed it as a planned move.
He said that the load on a few power generation projects in Maharashtra, including Koyna hydropower project, have been deliberately reduced in anticipation of water shortage in March next year. The opposition, however, accused Fadnavis of diverting attention from the alleged mismanagement on the part of government.
Replying to a media query on the ongoing load-shedding, Fadnavis initially linked it with the Maharashtra Energy Regulatory Commission (MERC) mandate that power cuts should be enforced in areas where the bill recovery is less than 30%.
“We have requested the MERC to reconsider load-shedding as there is water scarcity in parts of the state. The power cuts are being enforced where bill recovery from both domestic and agricultural sector is below 30%,” he said. Read More
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