There was a shortfall of nearly 4000 MW per day. At some places, private power generation companies were demanding as high as Rs 20 per unit, however, the Government of India has now capped the price at around Rs 12 per unit.

Following the shortage, for the first time, the irrigation department has given an additional quota of 10 TMC of water from Koyna hydro electric project in western Maharashtra that will help the state generate an additional 1000 MW.

Another 700 MW has been generated from National Thermal Power Corporation over the last 10 days. MahaDiscom has also sought 760 MW from Coastal Gujarat Power and the state has started receiving 415 MW from it. Despite these steps, a shortfall of nearly 1500 MW is expected.

Which areas will get affected due to load shedding?

MahaDiscom supplies power to Navi Mumbai, Vasai Virar, Bhandup, Mulund, Thane, Kalyan Dombivali, Panvel, other cities and interior Maharashtra. The urban areas will not get affected, but the rural areas will. MahaDiscom has appealed to the users to curtail electricity usage and not to put sudden strain on the network during peak hours.

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