Maharashtra Electricity News

‘Common man has already started benefitting from use of renewable energy’
The Indian Express | 2 days ago
The Indian Express
2 days ago

Use of renewable energy (RE) has already started benefitting the common man, including farmers, who — unlike in the case of conventional sources — don’t have to pay any bills for solar pumps and solar feeders, according to Ravindra S Jagtap, Director General of Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA), Pune. In an interview with Omkar Gokhale, he talks about the agency’s contribution in alleviating the power woes of Maharashtra, RE-based solution for congested cities, and steps being undertaken to increase production of renewable energy in the state. Excerpts:What has been MEDA’s contribution in alleviating the power problems in Maharashtra?The agency has always promoted the use of various forms of renewable energy. It initially promoted energy from bio-waste as an alternative to wood burning. Solar power projects help in summer when there is higher demand for power. Moreover, wind energy generation projects are complementary to solar plants as the former start generating power after 2pm, when the solar power generation goes down.Wind power projects generate a good amount of energy even during peak hours and are also helpful during monsoons when production of electricity from coal power plants goes down as the coal gets wet. Wind power projects that generate electricity during monsoon also help in saving water for hydro-projects, which can be used later when required. Moreover, bagasse-based projects start power generation during winters and cover seasonal downturn of solar and wind energy. In this way, with options such as solar, wind and bagasse-based power generation, we can cover all three seasons and supplement conventional sources.While the cost of renewable energy sources is still high, how can a common person benefit from initiatives of MEDA?Common man has already started benefitting from the use of renewable energy through rooftop solar projects. More farmers have started using solar pumps and solar feeders for which they do not need to pay any bills. These are of great benefit for them. The government and distribution companies (Discoms) are also benefiting due to reduced subsidy burden through use of solar energy. Besides, the citizens are benefitting due to reduced energy bills as solar and wind power is cheaper than conventional power. They also don’t add to pollution and therefore, contribute in reducing health-care costs.What are the solutions for congested cities with regard to renewable energy (RE)?In RE Policy, 2020, several renewable energy project targets are included, which are suitable for congested and overpopulated cities. Firstly, a large amount of degradable and non-degradable waste is generated in the cities and their proper disposal is important to achieve better environmental norms. Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) based power generation projects need some encouragement; there can be separate generation projects based on MSW with a target of 200-MW energy across urban areas.Moreover, households and cooperative societies can set up more and more rooftop solar projects to reduce their energy bills. Such panels will also reduce heating of roofs as an added benefit. We have set a target of generation of 52, 000 kWp/year of energy through rooftop, off-grid or hybrid solar power plants in the next five years.What initiatives has MEDA taken for farmers in Maharashtra?MEDA and the state government are focusing on making electricity available to the farmers at minimum or zero cost besides providing continuous power during daytime. By increasing the height of solar panels, it is possible for farmers to start allied farming business under the solar panels such as storage, goat farming, etc. Additional power generated by solar projects can also be utilised for other farming works such as cutting, grinding etc.Recently, nearly one lakh solar pumps of 3, 5 and 7 horsepower have been installed under Maha Krushi Urja Abhiyan -PM Kusum Yojana in areas in Maharashtra where farmers do not have electricity connections.What efforts is MEDA taking to increase production of renewable energy in Maharashtra?Under the 2020 RE policy, as a state Nodal Agency, we have undertaken 17,360 MW of grid-connected renewable power projects to be completed by 2025. These include 12,930 MW of solar power projects, 2,500 MW of wind energy projects, 1,350 MW of co-generation projects, 380 MW of small hydro projects, and 200 MW of urban solid waste-based projects.Based on this, we are expecting substantial increase in RE-based power generation capacity of the state. We are also planning to encourage hybrid solar-wind projects and demo projects for green hydrogen energy promotion in Maharashtra.

‘Common man has already started benefitting from use of renewable energy’
Cyber police get 8 complaints of electricity bill fraud in Nashik city
Times of India | 2 days ago
Times of India
2 days ago

NASHIK: The cybercrime police have received eight complaints of online fraud through fake messages in the name of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) over the past two months. The police registered a cheating case of Rs 5.7 lakh on Friday. They had also helped a complainant get back Rs 3.9 lakh last month. The cybercrime police said over the past two months, they have received eight such complaints. However, the cases involving an amount less than Rs 2 lakh were registered with the local police stations. Meanwhile, the city police have also issued a release to alert the citizens about not falling in the trap of conmen who send messages on cellphones in the name of MSEDCL and ask the people contacting them to download a screen-sharing app, using which, they manage to dupe the victims. The release by the Nashik city police states that a large number of people from across the state are getting text messages on their cellphones and their WhatsApp numbers which say, “Dear consumer, your electricity power will be disconnected tonight at 9.30 pm from the electricity office because your previous month bill was not updated. Please immediately contact our electricity officer on a certain given number”. People who call the number mentioned are asked to download a screen-sharing mobile application, through which the fraudsters withdraw money from people’s bank accounts. In one such complaint, the Nashik police were successful in returning Rs 3.9 lakh to a victim as the latter had immediately contacted the cybercrime police station after learning that he was tricked by the online fraudsters. The police said if the victims do not contact them in time, it becomes challenging to get the money back. A senior official from the cybercrime police station said the fraudsters use fake SIM cards to call and send messages to the targeted victims. During the investigation, it is revealed that such SIM cards are taken in the name of poor people who are not even aware that someone is using a SIM card in their name. The police have appealed to the people to not fall prey to such messages and never fill out information one may be asked for opening any link sent from an unidentified phone number. At the same time, do not share an OTP with any person through a call or text, and if at all the bank information is shared, one should immediately block the debit or credit card and transfer the money to another secured bank account.

Cyber police get 8 complaints of electricity bill fraud in Nashik city
Mumbai: Bank manager falls prey to power bill con, loses Rs 1.6 lakh
Times of India | 6 days ago
Times of India
6 days ago

MUMBAI: A manager with the Saki Naka branch of a private bank is the latest to fall prey to cyber fraudsters who in the garb of pending power bill duped him of nearly Rs 1.6 lakh. Saki Naka police, who registered the case on Monday, said the 47-year-old bank manager, who resides in Kalyan, first clicked on the genuine link and paid Rs 1,860 for the current month and then clicked on the fraudulent link to update the payment and got duped by cyber fraudsters. Police said the fraudster managed to convince the bank manager that the system did not get an update regarding the payment done and made him click on the link to update the payment. In his complaint, the complainant said on June 18, his wife received a text message on her phone that his electricity connection would be disconnected as his previous month’s bill was not updated and she informed him. The bank manager said, “I made the online payment from my credit card issued by my bank. After making the payment for Rs 1,860, I called on the number received in the message. The caller informed me that he is from Mahavitaran and my payment has not yet been received. He sent me a link and told me to click on it and update the payment. But as soon as I clicked on the link and entered the details, multiple transactions totalling Rs 1.55 lakh were carried out from my card.” An officer from Saki Naka police station said that the cyber team has sought details from the bank to know about the account where the money got credited. “The team is also tracking the call record to the number that the manager communicated after making online payment through the genuine website,” he added. In all, 33 such cases were registered at 25 of 94 police stations in Mumbai between June 7 to 19, and fraudsters conned people to the tune of Rs 47 lakh. The Maharashtra cyber cell has been sending text alerts to citizens warning about the electricity bill frauds and asking them not to click on any links without verification.

Mumbai: Bank manager falls prey to power bill con, loses Rs 1.6 lakh
Pune Inc: City-based startup Jeevtronics is enabling access to high-quality affordable defibrillators
The Indian Express | 1 week ago
The Indian Express
1 week ago

They went to the same school at Pimpri and then studied engineering at D Y Patil College. After their separate stints in the United States, Ashish Gawade and Aniruddha Atre decided to return to their hometown in Pune and work together to provide innovative solutions in the healthcare sector.‘World-class but affordable’ – that’s what Gawade and Atre, the founders of Jeevtronics Pvt Ltd, had in mind when they entered the medical devices market in 2014. Five years later they launched their dual-powered and only ambulance-certified defibrillator in India and with a current capacity to produce at least 300 devices per month and healthy gross margins the Pune-based startup has now had enquiries for exporting their product.This medical device helps to restore the normal heart rhythm by applying a high voltage shock across a cardiac arrest patient’s heart and essentially helps deal with sudden cardiac arrest and situations of arrhythmias. “However, only one in 50 hospital beds in India has a defibrillator. This owes to a lack of reliable electricity supply, affordability, poor quality refurbished devices, and the high cost of battery replacement required for defibrillators,” Atre told The Indian Express.Both Atre and Gawade did a thorough study before launching the medical device. “According to reports, India accounts for 11 per cent of global deaths in road accidents. Since accident trauma patients are very likely to go into a cardiac arrest, the presence of defibrillators in trauma ambulances is crucial. Yet, only advanced life support ambulances (about 25 per cent of total ambulances) have defibrillators,” said Atre.He pointed out that in this context, Jeevtronics developed the SanMitra 1000 HCT and the SanMitra 1000 HCT EMS Biphasic Defibrillator, a first-of-its-kind, low-maintenance, cost-effective, lifesaving, hand-cranked defibrillator.“The device can be charged from the AC mains within 6-7 seconds, which is twice as fast as multinational players’ brands and is priced at less than 25 per cent of what they cost. The long lifespan, affordable costs, and ability to run without electricity make this device critical in allowing healthcare workers to provide quality emergency care to avoid preventable deaths, particularly in low-resource settings. Eighty per cent of these devices are being supplied to tier II and III towns reaching the most vulnerable,” the Jeevtronics founders said.In January 2021, the team donated a defibrillator to the Covid-19 ward of AIIMS Nagpur, and it has been used extensively and proved to be useful for resuscitating patients during the pandemic. “We have deployed 330 devices so far across small nursing homes and even large hospitals for instance in Pune it is at Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital or then to Dr Prakash Amte’s Lok Biradari Project hospital at Gadchiroli district,” said Atre.Even beyond the pandemic, the device continues to save lives. At a government hospital in Raigad, Maharashtra, the SanMitra is used to provide emergency care to several sudden cardiac arrest patients, young and old, brought in critical condition – oftentimes due to serious road accidents on highways. “In a government hospital setting in rural areas, where there’s sometimes no electricity or load shedding, the defibrillator is very useful. During an emergency at the hospital, the SanMitra Defibrillator is easy to transport, and it’s also easy to train the staff and interns on how to use it,” added Gawade.SAMRIDH, supported by USAID and implemented by IPE Global, has enabled Jeevtronics to increase accessibility to this life-saving device across resource-constrained hospitals in semi-urban and rural regions of India. Through financial and business advisory support, SAMRIDH is providing Jeevtronics with the opportunity to increase its market presence and design a commercial strategy for building a steady pipeline of orders. This is further aiding them to secure affordable working capital loans to service the new order flow and build a business model for long-term sustainability and expansion to low-resourced hospitals. Bolstered by the support in distribution and sales, Jeevtronics estimates impacting the lives of 1.9 million people from low-income communities.When contacted, Himanshu Sikka, Project Director, SAMRIDH Healthcare Blended Financing Facility, said, “The uniqueness of this medical device is that it runs without electricity and provides quality emergency care in low-resource settings. It also strengthens the ambulance infrastructure in the country to extend immediate trauma care for accident victims.” “We are collaboratively working towards increasing the entity’s market presence and designing a viable commercial strategy,” added Sikka.Gawade further acknowledged the initial support from Venture Centre, BIRAC-DBT, DST, and several others.

Pune Inc: City-based startup Jeevtronics is enabling access to high-quality affordable defibrillators
With advent of rains, power firms in Mumbai on alert to tackle any emergency
Times of India | 1 week ago
Times of India
1 week ago

MUMBAI: With the advent of monsoon, all power utility firms in Mumbai are on alert. Adani Electricity activated its Central Disaster Control Centre this month to address any emergencies that are reported during the season. The team will work 24x7 towards ensuring minimal supply downtime and quick turnaround on incidents reported. Tata Power has carried out earth leakage tests at more than 10,000 feeder pillars, and junction boxes to improve public safety. A special drive was taken for tree trimming near Tata Power distribution substations to avoid them from falling on electrical installations. "Adequate dewatering pumps installed at all distribution and consumer sub-stations to avoid flooding," an official said. Officials from BEST undertaking, which supplies power to 10.5 lakh consumers in island city, said they were also "monsoon ready". MSEDCL, which has consumers between Bhandup and Mulund, had also issued its helplines and appealed to citizens to stay safe from flooding, short circuits and shocks during the rains. " We have carried out pre-monsoon checks and conducted preventive maintenance of equipment, including raising equipment identified within low-lying areas," said a senior official from Adani Electricity, which has 29 lakh consumers in suburbs. It has also installed the water level sensors across 125 locations that have been identified as very critical. Besides, Quick Response Teams (QRT) have been strategically deployed for emergency situations during heavy rains. Said a Tata official: "Substations have been equipped with a rescue boat and life jackets in case this is required during heavy flooding in the city." Said a BEST official: "This is the time to replace damaged electrical components like switches, plug sockets. Do not touch loose electrical wires or switches with wet hands. If you see any sparks in the meter cabin, streetlight poles or distribution pillars during rains, do not touch them and alert our control rooms." Added a MSEDCL official: "Ensure that the meter cabin providing electric supply to the premises is adequately protected from waterlogging or leakage. Put off the main switch in case there is water logging or leakage observed in the meter cabin."

With advent of rains, power firms in Mumbai on alert to tackle any emergency
Power theft worth 317 crore in FY22
Times of India | 2 weeks ago
Times of India
2 weeks ago

Pune: MSEDCL’s power theft disclosure report said about 55 crore units were stolen across the state in the financial year 2021-22.The stolen electricity amounts to Rs317.45 crore, of which MSEDCL has already recovered Rs172 crore. The apex body exposed power theft at as many as 22,987 high- and low-pressure locations.The security and enforcement department of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), which is working to crack down on power theft, claimed this is the highest power theft exposure in a single year. MSEDCL officials said the previous record was 16 crore units.

Power theft worth 317 crore in FY22
  • Power theft worth 317cr in FY ’21-22
  • Times of India

    Pune: MSEDCL’s power theft disclosure report said about 55 crore units were stolen across the state in the financial year 2021-22.The stolen electricity amounts to Rs317.45 crore, of which MSEDCL has already recovered Rs172 crore. The apex body exposed power theft at as many as 22,987 high- and low-pressure locations.The security and enforcement department of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), which is working to crack down on power theft, claimed this is the highest power theft exposure in a single year. MSEDCL officials said the previous record was 16 crore units.

  • Action against 261 for power theft in Nashik division
  • Times of India

    Nashik: The Nashik division of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) carried out a special drive against power theieves on June 8, in which 261 people across Nashik circle were caught stealing power or supplying power illegally. The Nashik circle comprises Nashik city, Nashik rural and Chandawad taluka. Most of the cases were related to illegal supply of power in which the consumers provided power supply to other people outside the given premises of the area, where the authorized connection has been given. The MSEDCL authorities said the electrical consumers were engaged in providing power for various purposes – residential and commercial — to other people which is prohibited under the Electricity Act 2003. “A special drive was conducted by the teams of workers and engineers on June 8. We caught 236 people who were providing power to others illegally and 25 people were found using the power illegally by tapping it,” said superintendent engineer DH Padalkar.The teams inspected 2,044 metered electricity consumers to ensure every unit of power sold is booked and the consumers also clear their dues. In the case of illegal supply of power under section 135 of the Indian Electricity Act, six people were booked from Nashik City-1, 62 in Nashik City-2, 98 in Nashik Rural and 70 in Chandwad.The action was also taken under section 126 of the Indian Electricity Act against those found misusing electricity and using it for any purpose other than that it was registered for. Chandwad.

  • Maharashtra: MSEDCL unearths power thefts worth Rs 317 crore in 2021-22
  • Times of India

    MUMBAI: The state power utility firm on Thursday announced that it had detected power thefts to the tune of over Rs 317 crore in 2021-22 by conducting raids at 22,987 places across the state. "We came across pilferage of more than 557 million units of electricity and registered several FIRs at local police stations. We have recovered fines of nearly Rs 172 crore so far," a senior official said. The detection also helped reduce distribution losses and created a deterrent for other criminals, said MSEDCL managing director Vijay Singhal, who said there will be "zero tolerance" for power thefts across states. There are 71 squads across the state with 345 officials who have been working on tip offs and conducting raids -- resulting in large-scale detection. Stealing electricity is a non-bailable offence. Under section 135 of the Electricity Act 2003, the offender can be punished with a fine, a jail term of up to three years, or both, once proven guilty.

Pune Infra Watch: To make Pune first EV ready city in India, PMC to announce new policy decisions from July 1
The Indian Express | 2 weeks ago
The Indian Express
2 weeks ago

In its efforts to make Pune the first electric vehicle (EV) ready city in the country in the coming months, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is all set to make additional electricity load mandatory in all new residential buildings from July 1 for the provision of encouraging EV charging stations and also reserve parking for EV in public and off-road parking places across the city.“In 2021, a total of 6,205 EVs were registered in Pune. So far, in 2022, Pune city has witnessed 8220 EV registrations already till May 2022. EV cell shall aim to take the necessary steps to further boost the EV registrations in the city,” said municipal commissioner Vikram Kumar while deciding on a strategy to further promote the use of EVs in the city at the meeting of the civic body’s EV cell Wednesday.Kumar said, “The EV cell reached a consensus on mandating an additional electricity load for the provision of EV charging stations in all new residential buildings planned in Pune city starting July 1.”In the meeting held with all government agencies related to EVs on Wednesday, the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Corporation Limited (MSEDCL) suggested that the new residential housing societies should have a separate meter for EV chargers to avail of the benefits of subsidised tariff. “The tariff for EV is less than the tariff for residential purposes. Thus, the separate meter for EV charging station will be cheaper for citizens,” said an official of MSEDCL.The EV cell also discussed mandating a certain percentage of the parking locations in the new and existing commercial buildings like malls, cinema halls, hospitals, universities, colleges, etc. “To incentivise the use of EVs by the citizens, the EV cell also discussed the provision of reserving certain percentages of parking spots in public and off-road parking spaces across the city for EVs,” said another civic officer.The Maharashtra EV policy 2021 identifies certain provisions which fall under the jurisdiction of cities for accelerating the adoption of electrical vehicles across the state. “Pune city has been one of the leaders in deploying these provisions on the ground. The PMC would now focus on a few of these provisions like property tax rebates, building bylaws, parking preferences, etc. The civic body is also studying the feasibility of deploying global EV practices like Low emission zones, awareness campaigns, etc. in the city of Pune,” said Kumar.He said the EV cell also explored the option to provide a certain rebate on the property tax for individual house owners upon installation of EV charging infrastructure. He also requested EV cell members to collectively design and implement an EV awareness campaign to sensitise the citizens about the environment and economic benefits of electric vehicles.The momentum gained by such initiatives across the city is expected to further boost EV sales in the city.

Pune Infra Watch: To make Pune first EV ready city in India, PMC to announce new policy decisions from July 1
Hint of separate meters for EV chargers in new hsg societies
Times of India | 2 weeks ago
Times of India
2 weeks ago

Pune: The electric vehicle (EV) cell of PMC on Wednesday reached a consensus on mandating additional electricity load for separate charging stations at all newly constructed residential buildings. Officials of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Corporation Limited present at a meeting of the EV cell suggested that new residential housing societies should have a separate meter for EV chargers to avail the benefits of subsidised tariffs.Setting up an independent electric vehicle (EV) charging station and an additional electricity load for the same at newly constructed residential buildings were some of the key measures discussed. The EV cell also discussed mandating certain percentages of parking locations in new and existing commercial buildings like malls, cinema halls, hospitals, universities, colleges, etc. To incentivise use of EVs by citizens, the cell also discussed reserving certain percentages of parking spots in public and off-road parking spaces across the city for EVs.Kunal Khemnar, the PMC’s additional municipal commissioner and head of the EV cell, said, “The meeting was held primarily against the backdrop of recommendations made by the Maharashtra EV Policy 2021, which has identified certain provisions falling under the jurisdiction of cities for accelerating EV adoption across the state. Pune has been one of the leaders in deploying these provisions on the ground.” Vikram Kumar, the PMC commissioner, said, “The EV cell shall aim to take necessary steps to boost EV registrations in the city. The EV cell shall continue to hold detailed discussion with respective stakeholders to finalise key issues. The momentum gained by such initiatives is expected to further boost EV sales in the city.”The meeting focused on provisions like property tax rebate, building by-laws, parking preferences etc and covered the feasibility of deploying global EV practices like low emission zones, awareness campaigns, among others. The EV cell also explored opportunities for enhancing first-and last-mile connectivity for citizens by working together with the PMPML and Pune Metro.

Hint of separate meters for EV chargers in new hsg societies
City power consumers get fake SMS
Times of India | 4 weeks ago
Times of India
4 weeks ago

Mumbai: A politician, two film personalities and a celebrity fitness trainer are among several Adani Electricity consumers who recently received fake SMS for “power disconnections.”The modus operandi is to scare customers and ask them to pay “pending dues” over a payment link. BEST, too, has issued an alert for island city and two days ago, energy minister Nitin Raut also tweeted regarding several such complaints in MSEDCL supply areas of Maharashtra. The power firms are alerting citizens not to fall prey to messages coming from unknown numbers.A few consumers have, however, fallen victim to unscrupulous persons claiming to be electricity department officials. Complaints have been registered with the Mumbai police whose cyber cell is conducting a probe. “We appeal to power consumers to be vigilant against online fraudsters. Also, avoid sharing your personal bank details or OTP to strangers,” an Adani Electricity official said. tnn

City power consumers get fake SMS
  • Mumbai power consumers get fake SMS
  • Times of India

    MUMBAI: A politician, two film personalities and a celebrity fitness trainer are among several Adani Electricity consumers who recently received fake SMS for "power disconnections." The modus operandi is to scare customers and ask them to pay "pending dues" over a payment link. BEST, too, has issued an alert for island city and two days ago, energy minister Nitin Raut also tweeted regarding several such complaints in MSEDCL supply areas of Maharashtra. The power firms are alerting citizens not to fall prey to messages coming from unknown numbers. A few consumers have, however, fallen victim to unscrupulous persons claiming to be electricity department officials. Complaints have been registered with the Mumbai police whose cyber cell is conducting a probe. "We appeal to power consumers to be vigilant against online fraudsters. Also, avoid sharing your personal bank details or OTP to strangers," an Adani Electricity official said. tnn

Politician, celebrities among Adani Electricity consumers getting fake messages on 'power disconnection'
Times of India | 4 weeks ago
Times of India
4 weeks ago

MUMBAI: A politician, two film personalities, and a celebrity fitness trainer are among several Adani Electricity consumers who recently received fake SMS for "power disconnections." The modus operandi is to scare customers and ask them to pay "pending dues" over a payment link. BEST too has issued an alert for island city and two days ago, energy minister Nitin Raut also tweeted for several such complaints in MSEDCL supply areas of Maharashtra. The power firms are alerting citizens not to fall prey to messages coming from unknown numbers. A few consumers have, however, been gypped by unscrupulous persons claiming to be electricity department officials. Complaints have been registered with the Mumbai police whose cyber cell is conducting a probe. Said an official from Adani Electricity: "We appeal to power consumers to be vigilant against online frauds. Also avoid sharing your personal bank details or OTP to strangers. Adani Electricity will never ask customers to share their personal bank details or OTP." In a media statement, an official said : "It has come to our notice that several cases of online frauds are duping unsuspecting citizens. The fraudsters pose as Call centre executives of electricity distribution companies and send fake SMS asking consumers to download mobile apps or click on fraudulent links. After which the fraudsters hijack personal information including bank details to carry out fraudulent transactions on bank accounts."

Politician, celebrities among Adani Electricity consumers getting fake messages on 'power disconnection'
Maharashtra: Solar plants to generate 12,000MW power in 6 years
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

Mumbai: Maharashtra will embark on setting up new solar plants across districts to generate 12,000MW renewable energy in the next six years, MSEDCL managing director Vijay Singhal announced on Friday. This will ensure there is no shortfall in electricity supply due to growing demand for power across the state, especially during summer months when consumption has peaked to over 28,000 MW recently.Singhal said that the key focus will now be on solar, wind and renewables, especially after the state received a huge investment of Rs 50,000 crore for renewable energy signed with ReNew Power, one of India’s leading renewable energy companies, at Davos earlier this week. He said this will be a “game-changer” for the state, with a good mix of existing thermal and renewable energy which will cater to over 2.8 crore consumers across Maharashtra.The state presently generates up to 9,000 MW from various thermal units and hydro and solar plants. This is besides power purchase agreements with private suppliers from whom it procures around 8,000 MW daily. “The additional 12,000 MW from the new solar plants will add to the power stock and reduce power purchase costs in future,” Singhal said.With thermal power now procured for Rs 3.50 to Rs 4.50 per unit, the cost of solar will be much cheaper — at Rs 2.25 per unit and this could reduce the monthly tariff as well. Besides, it will be non-polluting and assure uninterrupted supply, he said.Singhal further announced that smart meters were coming in a big way across the state, with massive procurement of 28 million smart meters to be installed in the next three years. “These will be prepaid meters where you pay for the consumption in advance and if bills are not paid the meter shuts down automatically. It will prevent thefts and deter people from not paying monthly electricity bills,” he said.Sources said that the MSEDCL was in talks with a Swiss company for buying smart meters at affordable prices in bulk.MSEDCL’s main concern was recovery of money from consumers, with arrears rising to Rs 65,000 crore lately.

Maharashtra: Solar plants to generate 12,000MW power in 6 years
Senior citizen loses Rs 4 lakh to power bill in Pune
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

Pune: A cybercrook posing as an employee of the Maharashtra Electricity Distribution Company Limited duped a 74-year-old Pimple Saudagar resident of Rs4 lakh under the pretext of collecting electricity bills online.The man’s son on Tuesday filed a complaint with the Sangvi police, while the Maharashtra Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has received over 50 complaints from consumers about fraudulent messages from fake numbers containing harmful embedded links. The power distribution company has appealed to consumers not to respond to these. MSEDCL stated that such complaints were registered at the cybercrime cell in the past, too. Police sub-inspector MN Varude of the Sangvi police said around 8.30pm on Monday, the crook called the septuagenarian and said he had not paid the pbill seen in the system. “The fraudster said MSEDCL would cut power supply to the man’s house,” Varude said.The senior citizen got confused as the bill was already paid. “But he requested the caller not to cut the supply and said he would pay immediately,” Varude said. The caller then told him to download two applications on his smartphone. “One was MSEDCL’s app and another was a remote access app. The caller explained how to make a payment online using the app,” said Varude, adding that the elderly man had to fill in his bank details. After some time, Rs1.03 lakh were debited from his account in a public sector bank and Rs2.99 lakh from his private account.An officer from the Pimpri Chinchwad police’s cybercrime cell said the crook got access to the victim’s cellphone via the remote access app. MSEDCL in its statement said many consumers have been receiving messages, mostly about non-payment of bills, and that their power supply would be cut if they failed to pay up. These texts are being sent from personal phone numbers, which may contain embedded links. Nishikant Raut, PRO, MSEDCL Pune, said, “The information MSEDCL sends to consumers includes planned maintenance activities leading to power outage, power supply cuts due to technical glitches, monthly bill payment details, meter reading schedules, power consumption details and notice for power supply cuts due to non-payment of bills. Many consumers have alerted us about such fake SMSes and we have registered a complaint with the cybercrime cell.”

Senior citizen loses Rs 4 lakh to power bill in Pune
State power utility finds theft worth 13cr across Marathwada
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

Aurangabad: The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has found power theft worth Rs 12.85 crore across Marathwada during the 2021-22 financial year.The state power utility cracked down and took action against as many as 9,220 consumers and slappped fines worth Rs 4.6 crore, official data reveals. “The power theft was carried out by a section of consumers through different means, including tampering of electricity meter, using metal hooks to draw power from the overhead wire and tapping the service wire. Such acts are not only illegal but also unsafe and invites hefty fine,” Sunil Jadhav, deputy chief public relations officer of MSEDCL, Aurangabad division said on Thursday. The section 126 of the Electricity Act, 2003 deals with ‘Unauthorized Use of Energy’ and has a provision for charging tariff equal to twice the tariff applicable for the relevant category if the MSEDCL authorities reach to the conclusion that unauthorised use of electricity has taken place. Appealing to consumers to draw power in a legitimate manner, MSEDCL joint managing director for Aurangabad division Mangesh Gondavale has underlined the need for timely payment of dues by different types of consumers. “The areas having higher power theft and poor bill recovery are preferred for emergency load-shedding as and when the power crisis occurs at the state -level. Therefore, it is essential to put a check on unauthorised drawing of power and ensure timely payment of bills,” he said.

State power utility finds theft worth 13cr across Marathwada
Mumbai's Kanheri Caves get touristic upgrade, including ‘interpretation centre’
Deccan Herald | 1 month ago
Deccan Herald
1 month ago

A group of tourist amenities at Kanheri Caves was inaugurated on Monday by Union Minister for Tourism, Culture and Development of the North Eastern Region G Kishan Reddy. The inauguration coincided with the occasion of Buddha Purnima.Kanheri, which has over 100 caves, comes under the purview Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Among the various facilities inaugurated is an Interpretation Centre, which would facilitate visitors’ engagement.Apart from that, existing buildings such as the visitors' pavilion, custodian quarters, and booking office have been upgraded and refurbished. Landscaping has been done along the area from booking counter to custodian quarters. The upgraded tourist infrastructure at Kanheri has been, in part, provided by the Indian Oil Foundation that has entered a Memorandum of Understanding with the ASI.Meanwhile, the ASI is also working on a 3D virtual tour of the entire monastic complex.Kanheri Caves are located deep inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park and are one of the major tourist attractions on the outskirts of Mumbai. Chiselled out of a massive basalt rock outcrop, the cave complex demonstrates Buddhist style of art and architecture.The caves contain Buddhist sculptures and relief carvings, paintings and inscriptions dating from 1st century CE up to 10th century CE. Chinese Buddhist monk and traveller Xuanzang is said to have briefly stayed at Kanheri.Kanheri comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Krishnagiri’, which means black mountain.“Kanheri Caves are part of our ancient heritage as they provide evidence of evolution and our past. It is a privilege to inaugurate the works that have been carried out on the occasion of Buddha Purnima. Buddha’s message is relevant even today in addressing challenges such as conflict and climate change,” Reddy said in his inauguration address.The minister, in his address, also emphasised that it was citizens’ moral responsibility to contribute to the preservation of India’s rich historical heritage.As the caves fall in the core area of the forest, electricity and water supply are not available. However, arrangements for electricity have been made available through solar energy sources.

Mumbai's Kanheri Caves get touristic upgrade, including ‘interpretation centre’
"Those Already Charged...": Sena's Aaditya Thackeray's Dig At Raj Thackeray
Ndtv | 1 month ago
Ndtv
1 month ago

Aaditya Thackeray said that they are going to Ayodhya for 'darshan'. (File)Maharashtra: Maharashtra Cabinet Minister and Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray took a dig at his uncle Raj Thackeray's party this morning when has was asked a political question at an event to launch Mumbai's first waste-to-energy electric vehicle charging point.While speaking to the media, Mr. Thackeray was asked about political leaders needing a 'Hindutva' charging point with Maharashtra politicians making trips to Ayodhya where the Ram Temple is being built. In response, he said, "Those who are already charged don't need a charging point. Those who need to revive themselves need a charging point. I will not talk about that though now. On the 14th, the Chief Minister (Uddhav Thackeray) will talk about it.""We are going to Ayodhya for 'darshan'. The battle (sangharsh) there is over. A temple is being built because of a court order," Mr. Thackeray added.The Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, an offshoot of the Shiv Sena, formed by the Chief Minister's estranged cousin Raj Thackeray, are locked in a poster war over their parties' leaders visits to Ayodhya. Responding to a question on that, Aaditya Thackeray said, "I am only going for darshan and I don't want to comment on it."Earlier, the Raj Thackeray-led MNS had put up hoardings in Ayodhya with the photos of Raj Thackeray saying - 'Raj Tilak Ki Karo Taiyari, Aa Rahe Hain Bhagwadhari'. In response, the Shiv Sena's also put-up posters with the slogan 'Asli Aa Raha Hai, Nakli Se Savdhan' (the real ones are coming, beware of fakes), along with pictures of Aaditya Thackeray, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, and Sena patriarch, Bal Thackeray.The local administration removed the posters on Saturday evening.Mr. Thackeray inaugurated Mumbai's first waste-to-energy charging point for electric vehicles this morning. Talking about the charging point, Mr. Thackeray said, "It's a very important moment for us on the history of decarbonisation of transport. Maharashtra has taken the lead in terms of electric mobility. We are looking at a lot of public transport and private transport moving towards electric mobility especially with the rising fuel prices. Today, what is very crucial is we are looking at waste to energy plant which is which we inaugurated a couple of months ago and now from that same energy, which is clean, which is biomass, it is coming into these electric vehicles. I think it's a huge leap of faith for us and moving towards electric mobility."PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comAnkit Zaveri, who's company has implemented the project told NDTV, "Aerocare Clean Energy's mandate is to push climate change projects across the board. Six months ago, we started first decentralised bio-methanation plant with a two tonne capacity a day. We have been operational for six months now and produce around 300 units of electricity on a daily basis."He added that the EV charging infrastructure that needs to be built has to have an alternative fuel component to it. "Now we have set up an EV charging station that is directly powered by the biogas that is generated at the processing centre. We get about 300 units of electricity which means around 7-8 cars can be charged using biogas itself," Mr Zaveri said.

"Those Already Charged...": Sena's Aaditya Thackeray's Dig At Raj Thackeray
Heat wave is making Indias power crisis worse
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

NEW DELHI: A power crisis in India that’s delivering hours-long blackouts, halting manufacturing lines and triggering street protests is forecast to continue for months, adding pressure on the nation’s economic rebound. Electricity outages and curbs have spread across more than half of all states and the nation’s coal-dominated energy system is expected to come under further strain as power demand tops a recent record high in the coming weeks. Even with a temporary reprieve from a blistering heat wave that’s delivered temperatures as high as 46 degrees Celsius (115 degrees Fahrenheit), households and businesses face ongoing disruptions as coal stockpiles shrink at power plants and fuel imports falter on prices that’ve surged since the war in Ukraine. “It’s becoming a difficult situation,” Sumant Sinha, chairman of ReNew Energy Global Plc, a supplier of wind and solar power in India, said in an interview. “The whole summer will be a test.” High coal and oil prices threaten to add to inflationary pressures that prompted India’s central bank to make a surprise move Wednesday to lift its key policy rate. Power curbs will also hit India’s already faltering rebound in industrial production. Production of coal, the fossil fuel that accounts for more than 70% of India’s electricity generation, has failed to keep pace with unprecedented energy demand from the heat wave and the country’s post-pandemic industrial revival. Logistics snarls, including a lack of railway carriages to transport the fuel from mines to power plants, are exacerbating the shortages. “If power supply is curtailed to the industrial sector, it could delay the recovery in the manufacturing sector by at least one more quarter,” said Aditi Nayar, an economist with ICRA Ltd. Stockpiles at coal-fired power stations have tumbled more than 14% since the start of April, leaving about 100 plants with critical supply levels, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. Reserves are forecast to shrink further on high demand, and that’ll be followed by a monsoon season from July. Monsoon rains triggered a previous power crisis last year — which also caused widespread electricity curbs — when coal mines and roads were flooded, hampering production and shipments. “If coal stockpiles continue to deplete at this rate, we’re going to see a full-blown power crisis across the country,” said Shailendra Dubey, chairman at the All India Power Engineers Federation, an advocacy body that produces energy policy suggestions. Electricity demand hit a record 207.1 gigawatts on Friday and is expected to rise to 220 gigawatts within the next two months, according to India’s power ministry. Average spot power prices at Indian Energy Exchange have jumped to about 10 rupees (13 cents) a kilowatt hour, almost triple the average in January, and have been capped by the industry regulator. At least 16 of India’s 28 states have been grappling with power outages of between two and 10 hours a day, Ashok Gehlot, chief minister of Rajasthan, said Monday in a Twitter message, before conditions eased in some areas. The western desert state, a hub for metal smelters to textile factories, last week ordered power supplies to some industries cut by as much as half. Citizens should limit their use of appliances like air conditioners and coolers in homes and workplaces, Gehlot said. Maharashtra, home to the nation’s financial capital Mumbai, is battling worsening blackouts, said S. Maheshkumar, general secretary at Maharashtra Industrial and Economic Development Association. “Industries are worried that they may have to cut production and turn down export and domestic orders,” he said by phone. Anger over patchy electricity supplies prompted protests across the northern state of Punjab — India’s top grains producer — over the weekend, with farmers blockading roads as they appeal for a minimum of eight hours of power a day for agricultural use. Already there are concerns about electricity supply during a paddy sowing season from mid-June, Kamaljeet Singh Hayer, a farmer in the state’s Ferozepur district, said by phone. In the coal mining states of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, many industries are cutting output or running back-up generators with expensive diesel. “If we have to operate like this, we’ll all soon be in the red,” said Philip Mathew, president of Jharkhand Small Industries Association. Opposition party members marched Saturday through streets in Jammu, protesting against six-hour daily outages. Blackouts have struck key population centers including Uttar Pradesh, and even where supplies are slowly improving like in Karnataka and Kerala connections still aren’t guaranteed around-the-clock. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government isn’t yet facing major new dissent, India’s economy is under pressure from high energy prices, rising inflation and the impacts of the Covid pandemic, including low employment, said Shumita Deveshwar, senior director of India research at TS Lombard. “These have the potential to become bigger political issues in the longer-term,” Deveshwar said. “If the coal crisis continues for an extended period, it will add to the pressure.”

Heat wave is making Indias power crisis worse
Why There Is Power Crisis In These States Due To Lack Of Coal Stocks
Ndtv | 1 month ago
Ndtv
1 month ago

Power Crisis: Various states continued to reel under power crisis.New Delhi: Huge outstanding dues worth about Rs 7,918 crore of state-run power generating companies have resulted in less dispatch of coal especially to the states with high dues like Maharashtra, Rajasthan and West Bengal, according to an official note.Several parts of the country are grappling with power outages on account of shortages of fossil fuel."Total dues of state gencos are to the tune of Rs 7,918 crore. This has led to less dispatch of coal to states over the past many months. Maharashtra, Rajasthan and West Bengal could not build up stocks due to pending dues," according to a recent note to the cabinet secretary on the power supply situation.Moreover, Uttarakhand, Gujarat and Delhi, it said, have not made advance arrangements with their gas-based plants, which has affected about 4,000 mw capacity and has put more pressure on domestic coal.As per the Central Electricity Authority's (CEA) report the power plants having linkage with Coal India Ltd and The Singareni Collieries Company Ltd (SCCL) have coal stock of nine days as on April 28.Coal India on Monday said its fuel supply to the power sector increased by 15.6 per cent in April 2022, compared to the same month last year.It also stressed that it was planning to augment its dispatches further, especially to power plants in the coming months.With higher output, CIL is aiming to increase its dispatches further, especially to power plants in the coming months.Coal India, which accounts for more than 80 per cent of domestic coal output, is one of the major suppliers of fossil fuel to the power sector.The coal ministry had earlier said that the current power crisis is mainly on account of the sharp decline in electricity generation from different fuel sources and not due to the non-availability of domestic coal.Coal Secretary A K Jain had attributed the low coal stocks at power plants to several factors such as heightened power demand due to the boom in the economy post-COVID-19, early arrival of summer, rise in the price of gas and imported coal and sharp fall in electricity generation by coastal thermal power plants.He had said that a slew of measures are already underway to enhance the total power supply in the country.The gas-based power generation which has fallen drastically in the country has aggravated the crisis.The coastal thermal power plants are now generating around half of their capacity because of the sharp rise in the prices of imported coal. This has resulted in a gap between the demand and supply of electricity.The secretary had further said that States located in the South and West have been dependent on imported coal.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comWhen domestic coal is dispatched through wagons/ rakes to the domestic coal-based plants in these States to make up for the loss in imported coal generation, the turnaround time of rakes is more than 10 days, which creates rake availability issues for other plants.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Why There Is Power Crisis In These States Due To Lack Of Coal Stocks
  • Lack of coordination amongst ministries responsible for coal shortage leading to power crisis; power engineers federation
  • Times of India

    LUCKNOW: The lack of coordination amongst ministries of coal, railways and power is responsible for coal shortage which caused power outages across the country, the All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) claimed on Friday. "The power outages across the country caused by coal shortage are due to the lack of coordination amongst the coal ministry, railway ministry and power ministry. Every ministry claims that they are not responsible for the present mess in the power sector," AIPEF said in a statement. AIPEF Chairman Shailendra Dubey said that now they (central government ministries) have diverted the issue and linked it to states' inability to make timely payments to coal companies. According to the statement, the central electricity authority monitors 173 thermal plants across the country, and 106 thermal plants have coal stock at critical levels as per the latest daily coal report of April 27. In the case of 150 thermal plants using domestic coal, the number of thermal plants with critical coal stock has increased from 81 to 86 in one week. In the private sector, the coal plant with critical coal stock has also increased from 28 to 32, it said. At least 12 out of 15 thermal plants using imported coal are in the critical category as the cost of imported coal has risen abnormally. They are not willing to procure imported coal at hiked rates. Among such plants, 14 are in the private sector, the power engineers' body said. In addition to this, eight thermal plants owned by the private parties are not operating at all, it said. Dubey said about one-fouth of 72,000 MW capacity plants were closed during the crisis mostly due to non availability of fuel. 20,000 MW gas based plants are entirely closed. Against the requirement of about 22 million ton domestic coal for thermal power plants only 16.4 million ton coal is available every day. Inventory of coal is depleting everyday and has reached a critical position. In the northern region, 12 state sector thermal plants out of 16 have coal stock at critical levels, in Rajasthan six out of seven, and in Uttar Pardesh, three out of four state sector thermal plants have critical coal stock. As per NRLDC (Northern Region Load Dispatch Centre) data, in the northern region, there is a total shortage of about 1,436 lakh units. Rajasthan has a maximum shortage of 435 lakh units, followed by Haryana at 337 lakh units, Punjab at 306 lakh units and Uttar Pradesh at 295 lakh units, it said. In Maharashtra, six out of seven thermal plants in the state sector, and in Madhya Pradesh, three out of four have critical coal stock. In Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, all state sector thermal plants are having critical coal stock. More than a dozen states are imposing power cuts of various duration from two to 12 hours, it added.

  • Coal shortage, heatwave and dry spell spark power crisis
  • Times of India

    An energy crisis is looming over a vast swathe of land from the northern states to southern India as low coal supplies across the majority of thermal power plants have set off blackouts in several urban and rural areas where domestic demand for electricity has spiked manifold because of an unusually early and record-shattering heatwave and dry weather. Household power demand spiralled as India grappled with scorching temperatures this March-April — the hottest since records first started being kept in 1901. But electricity production dwindled as coal supplies grew perilously low in many states like Haryana, Punjab, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh that depend heavily on coal-fired plants for power generation. The dry weather added to challenges as water levels in rivers depleted to reduce hydropower production. Rajasthan, for instance, has a generating capacity of 10,110MW a day, of which only around 6,600MW is being currently produced because of the coal shortage. As the shortages stoked fears of widespread blackouts, many states adopted measures like selective power cuts in the countryside to meet the demand in urban and industrial zones. States like Karnataka have not yet reported any shortfall and domestic and industrial units were getting 22-24 hours of power supply, but farmers have been given only seven hours of electricity a day to run irrigation pumps as a precautionary step. Most states recorded a jump in domestic demand with the rise in temperature and from factories because of renewed efforts to ramp up manufacturing after it was wracked by the pandemic. Andhra saw 46% rise in demand, compared to 2020. Rural areas of Andhra were seeing four to six hours of evening and nightly power cuts almost regularly for the past three weeks, but farmers were spared. They were getting seven hours of uninterrupted supply during the day. A two-day power holiday was declared for the industries in addition to cutting supply to 50% of the total requirement for the remaining five days. Industrial states like Gujarat, Maharashtra and Punjab were forced to make adjustments. Gujarat recorded the highest power demand of 20,535MW on April 26, according to Western Region Load Dispatch Centre (WRLDC). With thermal plants operating at 45% capacity, the state has been forced to purchase power from the open market at a steep price of Rs 12 per unit. This is set to crimp margins of businesses and shoot up power bills of households. On March 31, a weekly staggered holiday was issued to industries that run continuously. Punjab saw a 35% increase in its power demand — 8,000MW in April as against 6,000MW during the same period last year. Punjab’s power utility PSPCL has been buying electricity from open sources at Rs 10.7 a unit as it had to shut down its thermal units because of the coal shortage. In Maharashtra, the peak demand stood between 27,000MW and 28,000MW in April, higher than any previous summer months. “There’s load-shedding in 15 states, but we succeeded in ensuring that the peak demand was met without power cuts,” said Vijay Singhal, managing director of state discom MSEDCL. The state stepped up power production with all 27 thermal units functioning simultaneously for the first time in six decades, producing 7,700 MW. Private firms chipped in too, such as Adani Power’s Tiroda plant increased its production to nearly 100%. Yet, the state saw a shortfall of around 2,500MW and outages were recorded in some areas. Chhattisgarh, the principal coal supplier of India, has not reported any power cuts, but neighbouring Jharkhand’s urban areas has seen load-shedding for 17 hours a day since April 11 as the state’s average daily demand increased to 2,100MW, while supply stood at 1,600MW.Jharkhand's own plants were not operating at optimum level because of the coal shortage. Similarly, Bihar’s shortfall on April 28 was 1,000MW. State energy minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav said the situation will improve when one unit of Nabinagar thermal plant starts operating.

Policy needed for issues arising due to urbanisation of villages: Sharad Pawar
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

PUNE: NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday stressed on the need for a policy to tackle issues arising due to the urbanisation of villages. He was addressing a programme to celebrate 60 years of the Pune Zilla Parishad in Maharashtra and highlighted various issues faced by local bodies. The 81-year-old former state chief minister also said though he never contested the Zilla Parishad election, he had been to a local body meeting just five days after birth, as his mother, who was then a local body member, had taken him along with her. "There is a need for a policy to handle issues (arising) due to urbanisation of villages. The urbanisation is increasing pressure on local administrations which also face fund-related issues. The state government and the Centre should pay attention to this," said Pawar, whose party shares power with the Shiv Sena and Congress in Maharashtra. The former Union minister also noted that the requirements of local bodies have increased. Earlier, there was a limited need of water, but now local bodies are trying to provide water to every household, which is putting pressure on the system, he said. The demand for electricity is also increasing, and a crisis in this sector is going on in Maharashtra. "When we had a meeting over this, some officials told us about gram panchayats not paying their electricity bills. When I checked, I found it was a fact," he said. Pawar also highlighted the people's demand for CBSE schools in villages. Sharing an anecdote, Pawar said he recently got to know that 28 former ZP members from the state became MLAs, five became ministers and one also became a parliamentarian. "I never worked in the ZP and never contested its election, but went to a local body meeting. My mother got elected to a local body in 1938 and she was its member till 1952. I was born on December 12, 1940 and five days after my birth, my mother took me to the local body meeting. Whether I was elected or not, I have been to a local body meeting," Pawar said.

Policy needed for issues arising due to urbanisation of villages: Sharad Pawar
Maharashtra units, Adani step up to meet power demand
Times of India | 2 months ago
Times of India
2 months ago

Mumbai: Maharashtra witnessed yet another day of high peak electricity demand of nearly 28,000MW on Friday, with Mumbai’s demand touching 3,500MW amid sweltering heat. While loadshedding continued in parts of the state, what came as a huge relief by evening was increase in power generation by the thermal units across Maharashtra and Adani Power escalating supply from Tiroda thermal plant by 52% in less than four hours.“The state thermal power plants had upped its supply from an average 6,800MW over the past few days to as high as 7,700MW on Friday,” said a senior official from MSEDCL, which distributes electricity to 2.8 crore consumers. This has come close on the heels of chief minister Uddhav Thackeray taking stock of the situation a few days back and directing MAHAGENCO, the state power generating company, to ensure that its thermal plants stepped up generation up to 8,000MW.“Another good news was that private power supplier, Adani, increased its generation from 1,700MW at 2pm on Friday to as high as 2,598 MW at 6pm. We have been assured that by midnight, this will go past 3,000MW,” an official said.Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar said the government has decided to import coal and efforts are being made to get one coal mine allocated in Chhattisgarh to the state power department. “We will be taking a review of the power department every week and the cabinet has already given its approval for buying power from the open market,” said Pawar, adding that Congress president Sonia Gandhi has also asked Chhattisgarh government to allocate one coal mine to Maharashtra. He claimed that allocation of coal across the country has not been done appropriately this time as many states are facing shortage. Senior officials said if the Chhattisgarh mine is allotted, Maharashtra will have adequate coal supply for the next 30 years. They added that the state has floated a tender to import 20 lakh metric tonne of coal and a work order of 6 lakh metric ton will be issued soon.MSEDCL officials announced that the loadshedding could be ‘withdrawn’ in phases if the power situation improves in the next few days. However, sources said that parts of Mumbai metropolitan region, which come under categories C and D, have started facing power cuts since the past couple of days, while other categories of customers, including E and F and G1, G2, G3 have also faced loadshedding.

Maharashtra units, Adani step up to meet power demand