No alternative to load-shedding: Deore

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Nashik, Jul 24 (UNI) Considering the delay in rain, there is no alternative to more load-shedding, Chief Engineer Nashik Zzone M K Deore said here today.

''Due to delayed monsoon, the hydro-electic power plant at Koyana is nearly shut. It produces 400 to 800 MW electricity during evenings. Due to maintenance of various thermal power plants there is no or less power production. The deficit is of 1745 MW due to this. The power provided by the Centre has a shortfall of 1000 MW.

Because of all these problems, the state faces power shortage of 5,500-6,000 mw. Therefore, there is no alternative but to increase load-shedding,'' Mr Deore said in a press conference.

In Nashik city area, there will be 05.45 hours of load-shedding whereas, rural parts will sweat for 14 hours. In semi-urban areas people will spend 08.30 hours without power.

Industries will have 40 hrs load-shedding in a week that is second staggering day from this week. Instructions have been given to big industries for 10 per cent load reduction, otherwise there will be load-shedding on express feeders also. Malls will have to observe 20 per cent load reduction otherwise they will face more load-shedding. Government offices have also been given instructions for 10 per cent load reduction, Mr Deore added.

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