Power cuts may not happen in Mumbai at least for next five days. The state government on Wednesday extended the deadline given to the Mumbai power utilities – especially Tata Power Company (TPC) - for procuring extra electricity to meet the city's growing demand till April 9.
On Sunday, the government had instructed TPC to stop withdrawing power from the State transmission company Mahatransco so that the state’s distribution company nned not enforce unscheduled outages in rest of Maharashtra. The TPC has been drawing additional power from the state utilities to meet the growing demand but it has been creating shortage for other parts of the state that are already reeling under load shedding.
While TPC didn't say anything on drawing power from Mahatransco, the state authorities confirmed the TPC was still getting 100-250MW daily from them.
On Wednesday, TPC, a nodal agency for buying extra power for all utilities, assured the Energy Minister Dilip Walse-Patil that it would secure additional 150MW from other states by next Monday.
But he it fails in doing so and the consumers don't conserve at least 15% of the total supply, the utilities would in all probability resort to partial power cuts.
Patil told state legislature that he had instructed the companies supplying power to Mumbai--TPC, Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking and Reliance Energy--to save the city from load shedding.
"The companies have promised to secure power and also implement energy conservation programme within a week," Patil said, adding that 15 per cent savings would be enough to plug the demand and supply gap of 150MW.
A TPC spokesperson told HT: "The city's (including suburbs) total shortfall was 400MW. We brought it down to 210MW three days before. And last night (Tuesday) we secured another 50MW from other sources."
She added that TPC was doing its best to procure the remaining 150MW.
In the meantime, the companies said they were committed to implement energy conservation programme. They have jointly undertaken an advertising campaign and have appealed to consumers to reduce consumption.
Demand: 2600MW Supply: 2200MW Purchase: 250MW Shortfall: 150MW