Power cuts, load shedding return to Pune
After a long time, Pune now gears up to face the brunt of power cuts and load shedding. The past week has already seen this happening with power cuts of 3-4 hrs at a time.
Around 2 years ago, in 2006, a novel plan was put into place whereby 30 industries of the CII used their captive power plants to generate and consume 80 MW power to keep Pune free from load-shedding. Puneites consuming in excess of 300 units per month accordingly had to pay more.
However, the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has now directed the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) to stop giving grid support to keep the Pune model running, and avoid giving preferential treatment to the city.
I find this particularly galling, given Pune’s record in collections, as well as in reducing trasmission & distribution losses when compared to other states and private utilities.