Not entirely convinced with the reasons of two successive power cuts last week, the state electricity regulator on Thursday asked the utilities for more technical details.
The companies had told the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) that stray kites and a tree on the high-tension power lines had caused the tripping of major lines on November 18 and 21 respectively.
The State Load Dispatch Centre, which monitors power transmission, submitted its report during Thursday’s hearing. The regulator asked the centre to upload the sequence of events on its website.
Consumer representatives N Ponarathanam and Rakshpal Abrol asked for more technical details and accused the utilities of misleading the regulator.
“The companies did not submit detailed report and did not have proper answers,” Ponarathanam said. “It appears that the companies failed in following a sequential tripping pattern which, if implemented properly, avoids prolonged power cuts."
The regulator has decided to formulate a corrective plan in consultation with technical experts from all utilities. “We need to find a fail-free situation,” MERC chief VP Raja said. He said the commission would pass a directive after going through all technical details. Consumer representatives demanded compensation for consumers. The Electricity Act, 2003, has legal provisions for compensation of Rs 50 per hour of power cut.