The Indian Express | 1 week ago | 23-09-2022 | 10:45 pm
The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has appealed to Navratri festival pandals to get authorised power connections at discounted rates on a temporary basis. The pandals have also been directed to take measures to prevent possible accidents due to errors.Navratri festival will be celebrated from September 26. According to a statement, Navratri Utsav pandals will be charged only Rs 4.71 per unit for the first 100 units, Rs 8.69 per unit for 101 to 300 units, Rs 11.72 per unit for 301 to 500 units and Rs 13.21 for consumption of more than 500 units. Action will be taken as per the Indian Electricity Act 2003 if the pandals use unauthorised electricity, the statement added.“Proper care should be taken of the electrical system to avoid potential hazards during the festival period,” the power utility said. “Electrical arrangement and set-ups for pavilions and lighting must be done by authorised electrical contractors and it is prudent to ensure that the earthing of the electrical system in the pandals is in good condition,” it added.“If the insulation of the wires inside the pandal is damaged, current may flow through such wires into the iron sheets of the pavilion or wet objects. To prevent this, the wires should be stripped or covered with insulation tape of suitable capacity,” MSEDCL advised.“Plywood or wooden boards should be placed behind the switchboard. Care should be taken that the distribution lines and transformer do not touch the scenes of Navratri festival and processions. It is essential to have a separate neutral for the power supply and generator in the festival. If the generator is started when the power supply is off, a single neutral causes the electricity in the generator to flow into the distribution line and cause fatal accidents,” the MSEDCL statement cautioned. In case of complaints or need of urgent help, MSEDCL could be contacted through 1912 or 1800 212 3435 or 1800 233 3435.
Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to synchronize 22 of 48 traffic signals across the city to ease the traffic flow.The project is estimated to cost Rs 50 lakh and is to be undertaken with the funds allotted under 15th finance commission.The existing traffic signals in the city are not synchronized.Uday Dharmadhikari, superintending engineer of the civic body, said that under the project, traffic signals are to be strategically timed as the group of vehicles arrive from one traffic signal to another signal in a smooth way.“The move will not only save time but also save fuel for vehicle operators. This will help in streamlining the traffic flow in the city,” he said.“All the 22 traffic signals identified for synchronization are located on the busy roads like Gangapur, Trimbak, Nashik Road and other roads,” he added.Moreover, the NMC administration has also decided to install solar panels on public toilets at 113 locations at the cost of Rs 1.5 crore. The project is also to be carried out under the 15th finance commission.The power generated through solar panels will be given to the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL). This will help the civic body reduce its electricity bills. Civic officials said they will prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) in this regard.
MUMBAI: Keep a distance from builders, Bombay high court told BMC while rapping it for seeking its permission to evict tenants of a temporary transit building in Prabhadevi and to demolish it. Justices Gautam Patel and Gauri Godse on September 29 dismissed BMC's application to vacate the May 25, 2018 order to restore water and electricity to the transit building. Tenants of erstwhile Janki Bhuvan, that had been taken up for redevelopment in 2009 by Sanghavi Grih Nirman Pvt Ltd, but had failed to complete it, had then moved high court. BMC had disconnected water and electricity supply. The tenants undertook to reside there at their own risk. The judges said nobody asked for the May 2018 order to be vacated until 2021. "Instead, to our very great surprise," BMC came forward and not the developer. It did not say where the 42 tenants are supposed to go. "Presumably, they are to be thrown onto the streets of the city and left to fend for themselves,'' the judges added. They also said BMC has "sufficient power and authority to take action against the developer and to compel it to complete the project" but did not indicate if it has done anything in that direction. The tenants' advocate, Anand Mishra, objected to BMC saying that the life of a transit building is five years. The judges said the transit building "is a relatively recent structure of 2009 or so". BMC's advocate told them "again and again" that the building is dilapidated. The judges said, "We are yet to see this level of enthusiasm in litigation" from BMC in regard to buildings that are older and more dilapidated." The judges said that the benefit of an order is not to the tenants who would be clearly prejudiced or to BMC but "solely and entirely to the benefit of the developer'' who gets a "bonanza" of a completely emptied plot. They noted that the developer did not appear to inform when the project would be completed and when the tenants would be shifted to permanent accommodation. Observing that BMC's application is "utterly without merit and probably worse", the judges said, "We have put the MCGM to notice that it would be in the fitness of things if it put some distance between itself and developer/builders."
MUMBAI: Lamenting that the state's position had slid in the national ranking of electricity distributors, Dy CM Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday directed the administration to expedite the phasing out of old subcritical thermal power stations and replace them with advanced supercritical ones to enhance the supply efficiency. Fadnavis also announced 4,000 MW solar power feeders for farm water pumps. While addressing the review meetings of the energy department, Fadnavis, who is also the power minister, directed utilities to start installing smart meters in urban areas on priority, followed by rural areas. He cautioned that these smart meters should be fool-proof and insisted on a photo-based meter reading system without human intervention. Issuance of average bills, cases of fraud in bill recovery, and lack of picturing of meters during reading should be curtailed immediately to avoid inconvenience to consumers, he said. Fadnavis chaired the meeting at Prakashgadh in Bandra, the HQ of distribution and generation companies. Energy secretary and CMD of MahaTransco Dinesh Waghmare, MahaDiscom CMD Vijay Singhal and CMD of MahaGenco Sanjay Khandare made presentations. Vishwas Pathak, director on the state electricity board, was present. He asked for priority to investors interested in solar power expansion and directed officials to check the viability of floating solar power plants in Irai dam at and Jayakwadi dam.
The state energy department will distribute 2 lakh solar agriculture pumps among the farmers of Maharashtra soon, said Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday.“One lakh solar agri pumps will be distributed among the farmers under the central government’s Kusum scheme, and the remaining 1 lakh by Mahavitaran – Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Corporation Limited (MSEDCL),” Fadnavis said, adding that the backlog stock distribution of solar agri pumps in 2022 will also be cleared simultaneously.Fadnavis has also directed officials of the energy department to install smart meters across the urban areas first, and then in rural pockets.
MUMBAI: Lamenting that Maharashtra's position had plunged in the national ranking of state electricity distributors, deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday directed the administration to expedite phasing out old subcritical thermal power stations and replace them with advanced supercritical ones to enhance the supply efficiency. Fadnavis also announced 4,000 MW solar power feeders for the agriculture water pumps across the state. While addressing the review meetings of the state's energy department Fadnavis, who is also the power minister, further directed the power utilities to start installing smart meters in urban areas of the state on priority basis followed by rural areas. However, he cautioned that these smart meters should be fool-proof and insisted upon photo-based meter reading system without human intervention. Issuance of average bills, cases of frauds in bill recovery, and lack of picturing of the meters during their reading should be curtailed immediately to avoid inconvenience to the consumers, he said. Fadnavis chaired a meeting held at Prakashgadh in Bandra, the headquarter of power distribution and generation companies. Energy secretary and CMD of MahaTransco Dinesh Waghmare, MahaDiscom CMD Vijay Singhal and CMD of MahaGenco Sanjay KHandare made the presentations at the meeting. Vishwas Pathak, director on the state's electricity board, the holding company of all the three wings - generation, transmission and distribution - was present. He asked for a priority to the investors interested in solar power expansion and directed officials to check the viability of floating solar power plants in Irai dam at Chandrapur and Jayakwadi dam near Paithan. To offer reliable source of power during peak hours, he insisted on hydro power projects and wanted officials to push solar projects and ensure quality coal supply to bring in better power generation and supply efficiency.