However, consumers need not worry as Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) has ruled out power cuts.
MSPGCL officials said that coal production at Bhusawal and Chandrapur plants, which produce 210 MW of power a day each, has stopped.
The installed production capacity of the seven thermal generation plants is 9,750 MW, per day, and they are presently producing 4,000 MW.
“We have stocks that would last for another couple of days. However, all efforts are being made to procure enhanced supply from coal companies,” an official from MSPGCL told TOI.
According to the official, supply of coal has declined by about 50% of daily requirement at around 1.30 lakh metric tonnes to operate the seven thermal plants.
“The erratic coal supply started about a month ago, following heavy rainfall, which has affected coal mining activities. Moreover, transportation too has been impacted due to the showers,” added the official.
State energy minister Nitin Raut is in touch with the union government on the issue to boost coal supply for thermal power plants. MSEDCL has ruled out any possibility of resorting to load shedding for now.
“The per day power requirement in the state is around 16,000-17,000 MW. But, we are able to meet the demand. There has been no load shedding in the state as we are buying power from other entities to cater to consumers,” added another MSEDCL official.