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Mahavitaran to buy power from private firms

Power-starved Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (Mahavitaran) will have more than 1,100 mega watts (MW) of power at its disposal in the coming year. The company faces a daily shortfall of 3,500MW-4,000MW.

mumbai Updated: May 20, 2011 01:19 IST
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Power-starved Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (Mahavitaran) will have more than 1,100 mega watts (MW) of power at its disposal in the coming year. The company faces a daily shortfall of 3,500MW-4,000MW.

On Thursday, the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) approved the company’s demand for purchase from the private utilities Adani Power (800MW) and JSW Energy (200MW) at the rate of Rs4.10 per unit.

The supply might get extended with MERC’s permission if other state or private sources fail to meet the supply deadline.

In addition to this, Mahavitaran has also been allowed to buy power, 125MW, on a long-term basis from Adani. The rate will be Rs3.28 per unit.

The state Cabinet is expected to approve this proposal on Friday.

This additional supply will help the state government-owned distribution utility in case of emergency like it happened recently when technical snag in several thermal power plants hampered power generation, leading to power deficit of 2,100 MW. This resulted in power outages across the state.