CM directs officials to normalise power situation in seven days

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Oct 2017 09:58:58


Staff Reporter,

Energy Minister appeals to the citizens to save electricity

IN view of the acute shortage in supply of coal that has resulted in load-shedding in some parts of Maharashtra, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis chaired a high-level meeting of officials of departments concerned and directed them to restore normalcy in power supply within seven days.

The officials from Ministry of Coal, Coal India Limited, Railways, various coal companies, Energy Department of Maharashtra State, attended the meeting held on Saturday night at Varsha, the official residence of Chief Minister in Mumbai. After assessing the situation, Fadnavis directed the officials concerned to restore coal supply. He asked them to use roads apart from railways for coal transportation, to provide relief to people as soon as possible. The Chief Minister asked the officials to restore normalcy within seven days.

Meanwhile, considering the given situation in State, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Energy Minister, appealed to the citizens to curtail the use of electricity and help Maharashtra tide over crisis. “The only solution to this problem as of now is to use power judiciously and to save electricity. People should avoid using electricity when it is not required. LED bulbs and LED tube-lights should be used,” he stated in a press release. He appealed to the people to restrict the use of air-conditioners, fans, television sets etc. Where there is no load-shedding, people should voluntarily reduce use of electricity by at least two hours a day. Saving electricity through such initiatives will help the Government in providing some relief to areas facing load-shedding, he added.

Bawankule also advised the municipal corporations, municipal councils, and Gram Panchayats to start street-lights an hour late and to switch those off at 5 am. At many places street-lights are kept on all through the day. Such wastage of electricity should be avoided. Public as well as private offices should refrain from using the lights as long as there is daylight. He appealed to the citizens of the State to
undertake such initiatives and extend co-operation to the Government in overcoming the phase of crisis.