Mum­bra to get elec­tric­ity for 17 hrs in­stead of 12

MSEDCL prom­ises not to cut power sup­ply in the evening post 6.30 pm

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Naveeta Singh s_­naveeta@dnain­dia.net

While the state grap­ples with power sup­ply is­sues, the res­i­dents of Mum­bra heave a sigh of re­lief as power cut hours in their area have re­duced. The power dis­trib­u­tor MSEDCL has promised not to cut power sup­ply in the evening post 6.30pm in such ar­eas.

For the past six days, Mum­bra res­i­dents have been fac­ing un­prece­dented power cuts from seven to 12 hours a day due to a short­age of coal, which is used to generate elec­tric­ity. As a re­sult, Ma­ha­rash­tra state elec­tric­ity dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany lim­ited (MSEDCL) which is the power provider has been forced to do load shed­ding in G1, G2 and G3 ar­eas.

Mum­bra be­ing in the G1 cat­e­gory where bill col­lec­tion is in the range of 58-66% was the first one to be af­fected in Thane.

Mum­bra peo­ple had to deal with the power out­age from 5.30am to 10.30am and 5.30pm to 8.30pm ev­ery day. This af­fected peo­ple’s health, kids ed­u­ca­tion and the small busi­nesses and in­dus­tries in the area. Look­ing at peo­ple’s suf­fer­ing Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party (NCP) threat­ened to stage a protest on Oc­to­ber 12.

How­ever, look­ing at the pub­lic out­cry MSEDCL has now de­ferred the tim­ings of power cuts in Mum­bra. “Due to fes­tive sea­son of Navra­tri there will be no power out­age in Mum­bra and other parts of the state post 6.30pm till 12 mid­night,” says a spokesper­son for MSEDCL

Parvez Khan a Mum­bra res­i­dent said that on Fri­day morn­ing the power cut was there only for two hours in­stead

of five hours. “There was a power out­age from 6.30am to 8.30am in­stead of 5.30am to 10.30am. We were sur­prised,” says Parvez. “Do not know about the evening tim­ing. Let’s hope the sit­u­a­tion

im­proves soon,” he adds.

Even NCP Thane post­poned it protest af­ter MSEDCL showed le­niency towards the res­i­dents. “Since MSEDCL has said there will not be more than seven hours power

cuts and also not in the evening, we will wait and watch. And take a de­ci­sion on Mon­day on our next course of ac­tion,” says Anand Paranjape, se­nior leader, NCP, Thane.

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