Pune: As the temperature is rising, demand for power has also increased in the past few days. Recently, power was disconnected for 5-7 hours in the city in the name of maintenance at the substations.
However, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd (MSEDCL) has stated that there is no plan of load-shedding in the city. There was a report that the state-owned power generation company was to import one million metric tonnes of coal.
PS Patil, Chief Public Relation Officer, MSEDCL, said, “There is no load-shedding planned in Pune or in any part of the State. We have a power agreement. Currently, there is an average demand of 19,300 megawatts in the State while 2,500 megawatts demand is from Pune. The state-owned MSEDCL has enough power back-up, if the demand rises, we will manage.”
MSEDCL has stocked up hydropower for future use. Moreover, the Discom has signed a short-term agreement to buy power at lower costs in case of a shortage.
The State had faced a similar situation last year when shortage had forced the Discom to carry out load-shedding across the State. While in May last year, the Discom fell short of around 4,000 MW, a coal shortage in September and October had led to outages in rural as well as urban areas.
Meanwhile, the Pune circle of MSEDCL has requested the citizens not to throw garbage near the DP boxes in their areas. According to the official, power is disrupted due to the burning of garbage near the DP box.
“In the city, both urban and rural, the feeder box, distribution box and DP box have been set up at many places and lots of waste is being thrown in the open space near the box,” said NR Kant, Executive Engineer of MSEDCL.
“Many times, it is observed that garbage is burnt by locals leading to power disconnection. It damages underground cables and electrical equipment,” Kant added.
The distribution company has installed grills and compound around the transformers but people still dump garbage inside the transformer enclosures. Incidents of power infrastructure developing snags have occurred when the underground electricity cables or other power equipment have been damaged in the fire caused by burning of garbage dumped on the premises of transformers, said the official.
The Pune circle of MSEDCL has requested the citizens not to throw garbage near the DP boxes in their areas. According to the official, power is disrupted due to the burning of garbage near the DP box.