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MERC restriction on power purchase - power crisis continues in Pune,Thane,Navi Mumbai

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Power crisis continues in Pune,Thane,Navi MumbaiMaharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) imposed a limit on the amount of power to be procured and the rate at which it can be purchased. This restricted the franchisee as the rate was fixed at Rs8.53 per unit while the prevailing market rate was around Rs9 to Rs10 a unit.

Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) had tied up with consumer organisations and the Tata Power Trading Company Limited (TPTCL) to procure power required by these areas.Since power is not available in the market for this price, hours of load shedding continues in city areas.

A survey of power availability and load shedding was carried out for 150 days from June to October where it was found that continuous supply was possible only for 90 days. The government convened meetings with residents and consumer organisations to devise measures to overcome the crisis. “We are ready to pay higher price but we want uninterrupted supply like the Mumbaikars,” said Prakash Padilkar of Hirava, an NGO working in Mulund. “The regulator must release the restrictions and allow TPTCL to procure power at whatever price available,” he said.

A senior MSEDCL official said, “Power cuts are inevitable. It is difficult to promise continuous power supply to one region and deprive another. We are considering various alternatives to provide respite to all consumers.”
 

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