Mumbra to get electricity for 17 hrs instead of 12
MSEDCL promises not to cut power supply in the evening post 6.30 pm
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.