No Load Shedding Plan In Pune Or PCMC Areas: MSEDCL

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Sumit Singh

Pune, 13th April 2022: Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has clarified that there is no plan for load shedding in Pune or Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) areas. Therefore, people should not believe fake messages circulating in WhatsApp groups or social media.

Nishikant Raut, MSEDCL’s public relations officer (PRO) in Pune, told, “We have come to know about fake messages circulating on social media. People should not believe them as there are no such load shedding plans here.”

He added, “Whenever repair or maintenance work is required, we inform electricity consumers about planned outages.”

According to MSEDCL, load shedding is being carried out in parts of the Vidarbha, Khandesh and Marathwada regions of Maharashtra besides some pockets in and around Thane, Navi Mumbai and Kalyan. The state is facing a shortage of about 3,000 MW of electricity as the demand has increased.

According to Vijay Singhal, chairman and MD, Maharashtra State Electric Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL), there has been a surge in demand following a rise in activity across states after the pandemic subsided and that is leading to the shortage. Each state is facing a coal shortage. He said that Maharashtra will continue to face a shortfall of 1500 MW per day despite the extra power purchased by MSEDCL. At present, the demand has gone past 28,000 MW per day, higher by around 16 per cent in the same period last year.

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