Good rainfall leads to reduction in load shedding

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Mumbai, Aug 12 (UNI) Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) today announced drastic reduction in load shedding for industries, domestic consumers and agriculturists following the bountiful rainfall in the state.

Talking to reporters here, MSEDCL managing director Dr Ajay Bhushan Pandey said the present demand of power in the state is 10,500 to 11,000 MW, while 8,000 MW of power is available.

He said due to good rainfall, the shortfall has come down to 2,500 to 3,000 MW. The weekly staggering hours have been reduced to 16 hours from 24 hours in the industries. He said the condition of ten per cent reduction on express feeder HT consumers has been withdrawn.

The load shedding for agriculture has been reduced to 12 hours.

Dr Pandey said the facility of zero load shedding at Pune, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Baramati will be restored immediately, if the concerned parties manage to acquire required electricity.

The load shedding in cities and townships, which was ranging from 5.45 hours to 9.30 hours, has come down to 3.45 hours to 7.30 hours.

The situation will prevail if the good rainfall continues in the state, he said.

He said the power generation capacity of Dabhol power project, which produces 600 MW power at present, will increase after its turbines are repaired.

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