Mumbai: With the continuous increase in temperature, Maharashtra on Monday witnessed its highest power demand of 23,100 MW. Even though the demand has increased manifold, the State will not face load shedding, said Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule.
“There is no load shedding in the State for residential, commercial and industrial areas. The eight-hour supply of power to farmers is because of strict regulations regarding use of water to avoid its wastage,” said Bawankule. On Tuesday, the State government claimed that the increased demand for the energy was fulfilled without any difficulty.
“The State government is capable of meeting the rising demands of electricity without any difficulty. Last year, the State witnessed load shedding for seven days due to a shortage of coal. But, we will not have any such problem this year,” Bawankule added.
Out of the total power supplied, Maharashtra State Power Generation Co Limited (MAHAGENCO) generates 6,200 MW through the thermal plant, 400 MW through the gas plant, 1,600 MW through Koyana project and 122 MW from solar plants, owned by MAHAGENCO. The rest is generated from independent power producers and short-term power purchase agreements.
Bawankule-Mungantiwar face off
There was a dispute between the energy minister and finance minister in the Cabinet meeting on overdues of agricultural pumps. Energy Minister Bawankule demanded more financial aid as subsidy for agricultural pumps, while Finance Minister Mungantiwar refused to do so. According to sources, the finance minister said there is a huge default of electricity bills and instead of recovering it why the Energy Department is asking for aid.