Maharashtra's power crisis worsens ahead of Oct 15 elections

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Oct 02, 2014 17:24 IST

The power situation in the state is now very critical because of a shortage of coal and gas supply ahead of the assembly polls.

The consumers across the state, barring Mumbai, are now facing power cuts that last anywhere between two to six hours as the state company faces a daily deficit of 2,000mw.

On Wednesday, thermal power stations at Khaparkheda, Paras and Bhusawal had coal stock that would last only for a day-and-a-half, said Mahavitaran, in an official release.

The state’s biggest thermal facility at Chandrapur had coal enough for two days. Private players like India Bulls too face a fuel shortage. In a similar situation, Adani Power has not been able to provide more than 2000mw daily.

And the fact that the state company’s demand has increased by 25% (4,600mw) as compared to corresponding period last year has added to consumers’ woes.

The city’s consumers, however, can heave a sigh of relief because their three private providers have not reported any supply deficit because of the fuel shortage.

But consumers beyond Kanjurmarg may face power cuts if their supplier Mahavitaran is not able to meet the increasing demand.
The situation is a fall-out of an Apex court order, which scrapped the allocation of more than 210 coal blocks in the city and also the failure of coal companies that are not mining enough coal, said industry sources.

The issue had been raised by former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan a fortnight ago, promoting a blame game between the two governments. The BJP has made power cuts a poll plank, but it will be now up to the NDA-appointed governor who now heads the state in view of the President’s Rule.

“Our thermal stations need 32 rakes of coal every day, but we are getting 15 or 16 rakes. And hence Mahagenco (state generation utility) is able to generate a little more than 4,000mw instead of 5,500mw,” said a company statement. The company said it was buying 1,700mw from power exchange and other sources to mitigate the supply deficit.activity anywhere from AAP,” said Prakash Bal, a

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