Maharashtra pays Rs 330 crore for power as deficit rises | India News – Times of India

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government has spent more than Rs 330 crore on purchasing electricity from the open market to bridge the demand-supply gap caused by coal shortage.
Energy minister Nitin Raut on Tuesday said the state is facing a shortfall of 3,500-4,000MW of electricity, and blamed the “mismanagement and a lack of planning” on the part of central PSU Coal India Ltd for it.
At present, the state needs 17,500-18,000MW of electricity, and with the soaring October heat, the requirement may go up to 20,000MW. Officials said state-owned power plants have maximum two days’ stock and it’s likely that government may have to go in for load-shedding in some areas if supply doesn’t stabilise.

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