Power Crisis – Part 2

We thought that the previous three proposals putforth by the BEST to overcome the shortfall of 300 megawatts (MW) were extremely stupid, look what more the suggestions, the general manager of BEST, Swadhin Kshatriya, has come up with.

• No power supply for open-air marriage functions

• But political rallies held on open grounds will receive power supply for security reasons

• City shops should remain shut mandatorily one day a week

• Five star hotels, shops and other private establishments will have to forgo decorative lighting

Thankfully, he has some common-sense….

• Emergency services will be exempted from powercuts

• Call centres, railways, signal systems on junction, defence bodies, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, water supply and high-rise buildings with elevators should also be exempted from powercuts

On the other hand, take a look at these stats…

• Using these measures, BEST can save only 2 MW power per day

• Mumbai uses 600 MW to 800 MW of
electricity per day in the summer. Currently, there is a shortfall of 275 MW per day

• In the summer of 2005, the maximum power consumption was 806 MW per day

Complete story, here.

5 Comments so far

  1. Mitesh (unregistered) on February 26th, 2006 @ 5:45 am

    This is so painful to read, forget the pain and frustration when the shedding actually happen. I recently read that Planning Commission announced in its report that “Maharashtra is a failed state” – power issues, health issues, irrigation issues and all these besides shabby infrastructure. It surprises me that little has been done to resurrect the Enron project. Load shedding is a disaster for businesses and detrimental to potential future investments.

  2. Akshay (unregistered) on February 26th, 2006 @ 11:51 am

    Today HT came out with an article today headlined
    “No power cuts in Mumbai this Summer”.
    The article mentions that Dabhol will start production on May 1 and will produce 740 MW in its first phase. Power will cost Rs 5.50 per unit.

    Good news I would think.

  3. Sakshi (unregistered) on February 27th, 2006 @ 11:53 am

    Well what I heard from some people is that the whole power cut episode was to basically scare the public and make way for the Dabhol project. Its somehow was a political ploy.

  4. Akshay (unregistered) on February 28th, 2006 @ 1:52 pm

    Sakshi – It could well have been a political ploy.

  5. P (unregistered) on March 8th, 2006 @ 2:44 pm

    Maharashtra is facing a worst power cut ever, Mumbai has been told to do it’s bit to reduce power consumption by 20%. Lights for outdoor banners is put off, But Police Gymkhana located at Mariner Drive has Cricket matches every evening from 7 to 12 under Bright Light the same type of light as used in International Day-Night matches.

    Please if you can tell how this use is justified, when rest of the state is facing 8-12 hours of power cut.

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