Nashik: With temperatures soaring, there has been a sharp rise in the demand for electricity in recent days. As electricity generation at Koyna has stopped completely and some generators of Mahagenco (Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited) in North Maharashtra, Marathwada and Vidarbha have also stopped working, emergency load-shedding has been started in Nashik city and district from yesterday.
Currently, there is a demand for 18,500 MW of electricity in state, but there is shortage of 450-500 MW. There is a demand for 900-1000 MW of electricity in Nashik district, but considering shortage of electricity, load-shedding for 6-9 hours has been started. Load shedding for two hours has also been started in Nashik city. Information about the load-shedding is being given to feeders at various locations in all parts of the city two hours in advance. As the difference between demand and supply has increased significantly, load-shedding hours are only likely to increase further.
The Koyna project generates the highest quantum of electricity, but it has stopped working. As some units in thermal power plants in North Maharashtra have stopped working, less electricity is being generated there. Besides this, the repair of the units in Vidarbha and Parali in Marathwada will require another seven days, so the supply of electricity has come down sharply.
Considering the huge demand for electricity due to the summer heat, emergency load-shedding has been started. Initially, load-shedding for two hours has been started in the city phasewise. There is additional load-shedding in areas where recovery is less and lesser where recovery is more.