Power Crisis

Finally the summer heat is here. A bit too early, month of Feb is still on. Surely we all will be boiling in Mumbai pot by mid March. Besides the heat, Mumbaikars are mostly likely to suffer even more thanks to power crisis.

Inorder to save us from intense misery, the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) has come up with three proposals, which it hopes will tide over the shortfall of 300 megawatts (MW), expected to go up to 500 MW in summer.

1) The Undertaking has proposed to ask cinema halls to stop shows from 6 pm to 12 midnight. This means that people will be deprived of the 6 pm and 9 pm movies.

2) Will suggest to the Maharashtra Electric Regulatory Commission (MERC) to order cable operators in the city not to operate cable TV between 6 pm and 9 pm. This, says BEST, will save an estimated 500 MW.

3) Commercial establishments have been asked to set their temperatures above 26°C and delay switching on ACs by one hour. Similarly, they should switch them off an hour earlier each day.

The BEST is going to table its proposals before the BEST committee today, following which it will be submitted to the technical committee comprising representatives of BEST, Reliance, Tata and MSEB.

However, its very unlikely that any of the following recommendations would be approved. I mean come to think of it, the suggestions if applied would put people out of business and deprive Mumbaikars from their daily dose of entertainment.

Though in my opinion, the first and second suggestions are ridiculous. However the third one can surely be worked upon.

Read rest of the story, here.

3 Comments so far

  1. USC Trojan (unregistered) on February 24th, 2006 @ 11:19 pm

    For a second I thought this was a sarcastic post. But it looks like this is for real. The first two are ridiculous, as you say, and I am shocked that someone actually had the guts to put those as ‘proposals’!

    The third one can be worked upon, and should be worked upon.

    What I like is PG&E’s idea of rewarding consumers who save more than 20% gas and electricity in a certain period year-over-year. That incentivizes consumers to conserve and then they will find a way to reduce consumption and save the city valuable MW’s of energy.

    Not sure how feasible it is to implement though.

  2. Sakshi (unregistered) on February 25th, 2006 @ 12:21 pm

    USC TROJEN – The suggestion given by you does sound very good indeed. However I think the major problem is in regards to illegal electricity. Mostly the slums in Mumbai have access to illegal power supply and this aint an easy issue to tackle.

  3. Ila Bhat (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 9:53 pm

    I finally found a blog on this crisis…just posted in indian economy on how bizarre it was that taxpayer money was being used to fund enery saving sensors at mantralaya becoz the netas and babus are too lazy to save power but the same taxpayer finds himself facing lights off if he consumes more than 300 units per month – thats 10 units /day / home …if its good for GoM it should be good enough for me – i will install energy saving sensors BUT I should get a tax credit for it ! What better incentive to save energy and create a new industry too ??

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