To ensure power outages don’t trip Mumbai on its path to becoming a global city, Maharashtra power minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule has asked Tata Power and Reliance to augment their transmission lines and add 2,100 MW to their existing supply by 2016.
Parts of the city had faced electricity black-outs in 2014, owing to the excessive burden on transmission lines.
In a meeting held at the Mantralaya on Tuesday, where representatives of both companies along with officials from the state power distribution company MSEDCL were present, Bawankule said the state was aiming at providing 24X7 uninterrupted power supply to Mumbai.
“We have asked the companies to sort out issues between them and embrace new, foreign technologies, which will ensure seamless power supply to Mumbai,” said Bawankule.
At present, Mumbai’s power demand is around 3,300 MW, and its supply about 3,430 MW. However, the demand is likely to go up by at least 1,000 MW by 2016, with the increase in housing and infrastructure projects.
Tata Power and Reliance provide 2,000 MW of electricity, while the MSEDCL provides about 1,340 MW of power to the city. The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport (BEST), which buys electricity from Tata Power, is the electricity distributor for Mumbai island city.
In 2014, there were power outages in several parts of south and central Mumbai on two occasions, because of tripping in one of the Tata Power units.
The disturbance was in one of the coal-based plants, through which Tata provides electricity to BEST at Rs4 per unit. Electricity was restored to areas like Dadar, Prabhadevi and Worli through oil-based plants, where the cost is almost Rs13 per unit.
BEST had protested over this, accusing Tata Power of monopoly, but the competition commission had rejected the charge.
“The target is to bring in new transmission lines, supplying 2,100 MW of electricity to sort out tripping issues,” said Bawankule.