Soaring Heat, Long Power Cuts; Mumbaiites to Have a Tough Week Ahead

Mumbaiites will have to face power cuts of between two and four hours every day for at least one more week. People living in the eastern suburbs of Mulund and Bhandup and in Thane and Navi Mumbai, along with the rest of Maharashtra, will have to suffer power outages.

Owing to the shortage of coal and power plant shutdown for routine maintenance, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd. (MSEDL), which provides electricity to these areas, has initiated the move, the Hindustan Times reported.

“We purchased 700 MW from the open market at a higher rate, but it was not enough. As we are not allowed to purchase electricity above Rs 4 per unit, we have constraints on purchasing power from the open market. We have approached the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission to allow us to purchase at a higher rate,” another MSEDL official said.

While the state’s current power demand is 17,900 MW per day, the total generation from state-owned and private plants on Thursday was 15,700 MW.

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