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The MSEDCL is con­struct­ing a new sub­sta­tion at Road­pali to sup­ply elec­tric power to Kalamboli and some ar­eas of Kharghar. The work is ex­pected to be com­pleted in two months. The com­mis­sion­ing of the sub­sta­tion will en­sure un­in­ter­rupted power sup­ply to Kalamboli.

The pop­u­la­tion of Kalamboli has reached 2 lakh. There are around 22,000 power con­sumers in the node. Kalamboli is supplied elec­tric­ity from the Taloja feeder and the sub­sta­tion there.

Due to the 6-km dis­tance be­tween the node and the sub­sta­tion, there is a lot of power loss and leak­ages.

Be­sides, old ca­bles and rusted poles cause reg­u­lar tech­ni­cal is­sues lead­ing to reg­u­lar power fail­ure in the node.

Due to the pres­ence of elec­tric ca­ble over a long stretch, find­ing the prob­lem area also be­comes quite a task lead­ing to de­lays. Hence, de­spite reg­u­larly pay­ing their elec­tric bills, Kalamboli res­i­dents have to face con­stant power fail­ures.

The res­i­dents had long been de­mand­ing res­o­lu­tion of the elec­tric power sup­ply is­sue in the node. They had also been de­mand­ing an in­de­pen­dent ar­range­ment for Kalamboli.

The MSEDCL had asked Cidco for a plot fol­low­ing which a plot was al­lot­ted two years back and MSEDCL be­gan work on the sub-sta­tion. Un­der­ground ca­bles from Taloja sub­sta­tion to Kalamboli have been laid. Hence, Kalamboli res­i­dents now have two al­ter­na­tives.

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