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Slowdown’s positive side: power cuts ease

business Updated: Jan 05, 2009 21:23 IST
Yogesh Joshi
Yogesh Joshi
Hindustan Times
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The ongoing economic slowdown may have hit many people badly, but it too has a positive side like bringing down down the electricity demand in Maharashtra.

While the Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad zone in the state has seen a maximum fall in the demand, the neighbouring Bhandup zone, which covers industrial areas of Mumbai suburbs like Thane, Mulund and Navi Mumbai are also witnessing the phenomenon. In November, the Pune and Pimpri-chinchwad segment saw around 20 per cent fall in power demand, while Bhandup zone witnessed around 5 to 10 per cent decrease in electricity consumption, according to information from the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Lid (Mahadiscom)

On average, the monthly consumption of Bhandup zone is around 250 million units. However, in the last two months there has been a gradual decrease in the demand and the last count shows that the fall is around 10 per cent, said Bhandup zone chief engineer Ashok Gujar. “Some of the big steel units have brought down their production along with other small and medium scale units and as a result the power demand in the zone is reducing,” said Gujar.

In Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad zone, the daily demand has come down to 320 mw from 400 mw during the last few days as several small scale units in the region have been closed temporarily. The state faces shortage of around 5000 mw of electricity.