Undeclared load shedding by MSEDCL: Citizens

ST Correspondent
Saturday, 14 April 2018

PS Patil, Chief Public Relation Officer, MSEDCL, said that there is no load-shedding planned in Pune or in any part of the State. “The state-owned MSEDCL has enough power back up and if the demand rises, we will manage,’’ he added.

MSEDCL claims to have enough power, but citizens report power failure in many parts of the city such as Katraj and Warje

Pune: The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) is claiming that there is enough power back up but on Thursday, some parts of the city faced power disruption without prior notice. However, the officials said that power was disconnected at some places and not in the entire city due to maintenance work.

On Thursday, some parts of the city like Katraj, Market Yard, Warje, Wagholi and Yerawada suffered major power disruption for more than 4-5 hours.

Harsh Shinde (52), a resident of Katraj, said that without any prior intimation, the MSEDCL officials disconnect the electricity in their area.

“On Thursday, the power was disconnected at 9.30 am and the supply resumed in the evening at around 5.30 pm. If they wanted to disconnect power, they should inform by message, but they didn’t. We have no power back up like inverters and without electricity, we face a shortage of water.” Shinde said. “If the MSEDCL has enough power, then why do they disrupt the electricity supply,” he asked.

In Market Yard area, the citizens face power fluctuation, which causes many people to switch off their main power plugs. 

Sunil Jagtap (32) an entrepreneur at Market Yard, said, “There was a sudden fluctuation of power in the area at around 12.30 pm. The residents have started complaining to the MSEDCL, but they have not responded on time. We switched off our main power plug to prevent any incident.”

Earlier this week, MSEDCL had 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 that there is no load-shedding planned in Pune or in any part of the State. “The state-owned MSEDCL has enough power back up and if the demand rises, we will manage,’’ he added.

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