Several parts of the state witnessed blackouts on Tuesday due to power shortage. Technical snag in several thermal power plants of the state government-owned distribution utility, Mahavitaran, causing power deficit of 2,100 megawatts (MW), which hit power supply.
The first power cut since January, however, did not affect the eastern suburbs such as Kanjurmarg, Bhandup, Mulund and Thane, and other cities where zero-power cut scheme is currently on. Company sources said, power outages in other areas, albeit smaller in durations, will continue till Wednesday evening.
“One unit each in state-owned Parli, Paras, Nashik and Khaparkheda stopped working, causing a shortage of 770 MW. Also, a private power plant run by Jindal is not producing 600 MW, adding to power deficit,” company sources said.
Also, Chandrapur and Parli units are already working on low capacity leading to deficit of 700 MW on Monday.
The technical snag was to be rectified by Tuesday evening and the rest of the generation units by Wednesday evening.
Mahavitaran’s current demand is about 16,000 MW and despite shortage of 3,000 MW, the firm had been managing demand by cutting down transmission losses and separating the supply of electricity to domestic, agriculture and bulk users through feeder lines. This ensured uninterrupted supply to domestic users.