Mumbai, Nov 4 (UNI) Maharashtra Power Minister Dilip Walse-Patil today said the state government has initiated a number of steps to supply adequate power in the coming summer season.
Briefing the media after taking review meeting of the power scenario in the state with the senior officials of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company, Maharashtra State Power Generation Compmay and Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company here, Mr Patil said among several steps, is completion of the phase two of the special router feeder separation project, to be completed by March next year, which will give the state a load relief of 550 mega watts.
''The State's present demand is for 15,000 mw, which is 2,000 mw higher than that of last year: At present, the total available power in the state is between 10,000-11,000 mw, and so there is a shortfall of 2,000 mw. We are doing our best to meet the shortfall, and also planning to buy additional mega watts from the traders,'' he said.
He said the state was getting 5,500 mw from the thermal power stations, while another 1,500 mw was being supplied by the hydro power units. In addition, the state was drawing 3,000 mw from the central sector, and 450 mw from the gas-based units. Maharashtra was also purchasing 500 mw from traders.
''We are hopeful that the third phase of the Dabhol will start functioning from early next year. At present, we are getting 1,239 mw from the two units which became operational last year and this year. The third unit will supply us another 700 mw,'' the Minister said.
Mr Patil said the state government was also in talks with the Haryana goverment for supply of power on the exchange basis. He said last year Haryana supplied power to Maharashtra between February and May, which is a peak demand time in the state and in turn, supplied them power during the monsoon period.
According to the Minister, the government has embarked on an ambitious plan of the power conservation and in this regard, it will shortly launch a programme to create awareness about conserving power.
''A sub-committee on power conservation has already been formed by the government. The save power campiagn will be first started with the government offices itself,'' Mr Patil informed.
Talking on the captive power plants in the state, the Minister said these units are capable of generating some 3,000 mw power, but these units draw power from the grid.
''We want these units to generate at least 1,000-1,500 mw,'' he added.