The energy department has imposed load shedding of at least nine hours in the state in view of soaring temperatures in the aftermath of monsoon’s retreat. A senior official from Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) said the duration of the load shedding is three or four hours, that too in certain areas.
Explaining it on an acute shortage of coal, the official said, “There is a huge gap between supply and demand. Hence, we had no option but to resort to load shedding in such areas where there are huge transmission losses and cases of power theft. We have classified these areas as G1, G2 and G3 and restricted power supply. Most of the cities in those categories are in Vidarbha and Marathwada.”
The official said that while daily demand of power stood at 19,500 MW as of Monday, supply stood at 15,000 MW, resulting in a shortfall of 4,500 MW. The issue is assuming a political dimension, with the NCP blaming it on the energy department, which is led by senior BJP leader Chandrashekhar Bawankule. Read More
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