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Web Exclusive | April 2013

Maha's power situation improves

If some of Coimbatore-based textile mills now wanted to shift to Maharashtra means they are facing acute power shortage in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra's reputation for supplying power 24x7 to the industry. Maharashtra is 82 per cent load-shedding free. MahaVitaran (state-run Maharashtra Electricity Distribution Company) is carrying out load shedding in the regions with high distribution losses and long pending arrears, Deputy Chief Minister and Energy Minister Ajit Pawar told Business Standard.

Pawar added the deficit in 2005 was 18 per cent, which had been brought down to three per cent. This achievement is notwithstanding closure of Dabhol power project and a few MahaGenco (Maharashtra State Power Generation Co. Limited) projects for want of fuel.

The three per cent deficit at present is not because of non-availability of power, but because of the non-paying culture of the consumers, said an official. Despite peak demand crossing 15,073 mw on March 25, MahaVitaran has been able to manage well. Agricultural consumers are provided eight hours of power supply during the day for four days and 10 hours' power during the night for three days.

According to a MahaVitaran official, the demand is met through power purchases from MahaGenco, independent power producers, power exchanges and through bilateral contracts.

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