The power crisis for 30 lakh people living in suburban Mumbai has been partially averted. This is because the State Load Dispatch Center (SLDC), responsible for the distribution of electricity once it reaches the power grid has said, it will not divert 160 MW of power from Reliance Infrastructure (RInfra) from midnight on Sunday as the Tata Power Company (TPC) intended.
The SLDC wrote to the government on Sunday saying it would wait until the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (MERC) gives further direction on the matter.
The TPC wanted the SLDC to divert 160 MW of power- out of the 360 MW that it supplies to RInfra- for the TPC’s 1.3 lakh consumers.
This quantum of electricity TPC wants to divert is important, looking at the bleak power scenario in Mumbai that faces a shortfall of 700 MW of power.
“The SLDC has plainly said that they will go ahead with the state government’s directive and wait until MERC gives any further orders on distributing the 160 MW,” said Subratho Ratho, the state’s energy secretary.
The state government requested the TPC to continue supplying 360 MW to suburban Mumbai through RInfra till June. Post-June, they can divert the 160 MW of power they need. They also asked MERC to look into the matter and take the necessary steps. “We will have to wait until MERC gives its decision and till that time 160 MW will not be diverted,” said a TPC official on condition of anonymity.
On Thursday, TPC said it directed SLDC to divert 160 MW from Sunday night for its own consumers. The decision on the remaining 200 MW will be taken only on Monday.
The TPC wants to sell the remaining 200 MW either to the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution or in the open market, if RInfra doesn’t buy it at the rate of Rs 5.90 per unit.