5200 MW shortfall; load shedding with immediate effect

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Mumbai, July 24 (UNI) Scanty rainfall all over Maharashtra, increased power demand and less power generation from Ratnagiri gas power project has resulted in total shortfall of 5200 MW in the state even as the demand is skyrocketing at 14,200 MW.

Managing director of Maharashtra state electricity distribution company, Dr Ajay Bhushan Pande told reporters the demand has increased more this year in comparison to last year due to scanty rainfall.

The RGPPL project, which was generating 1200 MW, is now generating only 350 MW, while after the repairs of another unit additional 300 MW would be generated from September, while 1200 MW generation would start from March 2009, he added.

Out of total consumption in the state; 30 per cent each is going for industry and agriculture and while remaining is for residential, commercial and high tension consumer.

Dr Pande said now the big cities will have load shedding from 0545 hrs to 0800 hrs and other smaller cities from O8OO to O930 hrs and for agriculture 14 hrs.

The load shedding will be in Pune, Baramati, Thane, Navi Mumbai also, while industries will have 40 hour power holiday per week from tomorrow.

Dr Pande urged the high tension customers to reduce their use by ten per cent per week or else they will also have one day power holiday per week.

He said all the government officers will be asked to reduce their consumption by ten per cent, while reduction in malls, and street lights will be twenty per cent All the hoardings in MSEDC area have been asked to shut down for a fortnight with immediate effect.

Dr Pande said the MSEDC will observe the situation for a fortnight and then the decision to continue the same or not would be taken.

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