Mumbai load-shedding: Maximum City feels the heat, faces 4 hour-long power cuts over coal shortage

Mumbai: In a news that would concern every Mumbaikar, load-shedding may soon become a daily hassle as city is facing power crisis. As a result of shortfall of 2000 megawatt (MW), parts of the city were without power on Thursday afternoon.

Parts of Mulund and Bhandup, which are serviced by the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MahaVitaran), witnessed load shedding for about three to four hours. Thane and Navi Mumbai also experienced load shedding. This could affect other parts of the city in coming days.

“This was not a planned power outage. Maharashtra’s electricity demand is 17,900MW, but only 15,700MW was produced. There was a shortfall of 2,200MW, due to inadequate supply of coal to MahaGenco. In Mumbai, the demand increased by 400MW due to October heat. We are trying our best to resolve the issue,” said a MahaVitaran official, reported Hindustan Times.

According to officials, for the next week, people living in Mulund, Bhandup could face up to two hours of power-cuts during the day, whereas people in Thane could face cuts for up to seven hours. The situation may differ from region to region. Meanwhile, there were no reports of load shedding in areas that are serviced by Reliance Energy, Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking and Tata Power Ltd.

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