Power cuts in city, state as 3 units trip
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Several parts of the city and state had to face "emergency" loadshedding as three units of the Khaparkheda thermal power station in Nagpur tripped early on Wednesday.
Officials of the Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Ltd (Mahagenco) said there was a technical glitch and the supply would be restored by evening.
There are four units at Khaparkheda with a generating capacity of 1,340 MW. With three sets tripping, there was a drastic reduction in power generation. To add to the problem, heavy rains in Chandrapur had made coal wet and sticky. As a result, electricity generation at Chandrapur thermal power station dropped to 550 MW, officials said.
According to officials of the Maharahashtra State Electricity Distribution Ltd (MSEDCL), emergency loadshedding had to be resorted to across the state as the shortfall had to be met. The revenue HQ of MSEDCL had also to face loadshedding, officials said.
In Pune, various parts of the city faced loadshedding in the afternoon and evening. MSEDCL officials said that the supply was likely to be restored by evening. However, if power generation is not restored, there could be loadshedding from 7.30 am to 9 am in some areas and from 9 am to 10.45 am in others on Thursday.
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