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State tourism industry gets a power boost


STAFF REPORTER Mumbai

The state government has decided to rid 12 tourist and pilgrim towns of load shedding this summer. These destinations have been favoured because they have recorded a minimal distribution loss of about 15%, but

at the same time, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited ( MAHADISCOM) has decided to impose load shedding of 2- 3 hours on those towns which have greater distribution loss.

This new schedule will be implemented from 2nd May.

Alibaug, Matheran, Lonavala, Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani, Tryambakeshwar, Shirdi, Tuljapur, Pandharpur, Shegao, Jejuri, Parali- Baijanath are the 12 tourist destinations which will enjoy uninterrupted, 24- hour power supply.

MERC concerned over mounting loss, arrears The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission ( MERC) chairman V. P. Raja has expressed concern over the distribution losses in the state and has strongly advocated installation of meters for all supply. He has also cautioned against the mounting arrears from a large number of electricity consumers.

Raja has expressed these sentiments in his foreword to the MERCs annual report for 2011- 12. The report was submitted to the Maharashtra legislature at the end of the Budget session, which concluded last week.

This is the second year in succession that MERC has finalized and presented its annual report to the legislature within three weeks of the end of the financial year. ” The Commission feels that drastic measures need to be taken to improve the conditions,” Raja has observed.

He has noted that MERC has taken the initiative in identifying measures for strengthening the transmission network in Mumbai and Maharashtra in view of the increasing inflow and the projected outflow of power in the coming years.

A Group of experts constituted by MERC has done considerable work in this regard. Preparing a 5- year business plan for and a 15- year perspective plan for MMR and Maharashtra is the main assignment entrusted to the Group, the MERC chairman has announced.

Raja said, ” As regulator for the largest electricity consuming state in India, MERC has tried to stay abreast of the momentous developments in the electricity sector and chart a path that strictly adheres to the Electricity Act, 2003 for the healthy growth of the sector.” He has reiterated the Commissions pledge to fulfill the mandate of EA 2003 and continue to contribute towards the progress and prosperity of Maharashtra.