After constructing roads, alternative transport systems and bridges, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is now planning to set up a power plant that will help ease the power shortage in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
Maharashtra requires 19,000 mega watts (MW) of electricity but the supply is only 15,000 MW. Mumbai, which is one of the largest consumers guzzling up to 2500 MW, is under constant threat of power cuts.
While the financial capital has been largely spared load-shedding, other parts of the state have to face power cuts for two to nine hours. Parts of the MMR apart from Mumbai including Thane have had to face power cuts.
The cash-rich MMRDA, which has a corpus of Rs10,000 crore, will set up a Special Purpose Vehicle along with the Indian Railways, Mahagenco and City Industrial and Development Corporation (CIDCO) to finalise probable sites for the plant, which
can generate between 800 to 1200 MW.
The two sites under consideration are the Thakurli Power Station, which was shut down by the railways after a major accident, and areas in New Mumbai controlled by the CIDCO.
The MMRDA has set aside a corpus of Rs5 crore to undertake a detailed project evaluation to find out where the power plant will be set up.
“The MMRDA is concerned about power shortages in the metro cities and will support every opportunity to increase power generation to improve supply in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region,” chief secretary and metropolitan commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad said in a letter written to the Railway Board about the MMRDA’s plans.
MMRDA officials claimed that they are in talks with the CIDCO to find land parcels in the region where a power plant can be set up. The MMRDA has also appointed a consultant to look at possible sites for the plant.
The development authority claims that if the Thakurli plant is revived, the city could get additional electricity by 2013, whereas constructing a complete green field project could take more than five years.