<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra may be staring at a massive power shortage due to rising electricity demand and generating sets developing glitches.Officials from the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MahaVitaran) said the rising heat had pushed up the daily demand for power by 1,000 MW to 19,500 MW. However, while around 3,000 MW of power generation capacity of the Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (MahaGenco) had been shut down due to problems, another 1,000 MW has been taken out for repairs under planned outages.“This has caused a demand and supply gap of 4,000 MW forcing MahaVitaran to undertake power outages as the need arises,” the official said, adding that electricity cuts were happening in agricultural areas and places where the distribution losses were high and recovery of bills was poor.The state-owned power distribution utility is trying to source electricity to meet this increased demand. MahaGenco has seven coal-based thermal power generating stations across Maharashtra namely, Chandrapur, Paras, Nashik, Koradi, Parli, Bhusawal and Khaparkheda. It has an installed capacity of 11,657 MW including 8,220 MW in thermal power, 2,585 MW in hydro and 672 MW in gas.

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Massive power shortage likely in Maharashtra