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The implementation of load shedding measures by MSEDCL in PCMC areas aims to effectively manage the increased power demand during the summer months.
The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) recently implemented load shedding measures in several areas of Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) due to increased power demand during the summer months. This move aims to manage the electricity supply and prevent overloading of the power infrastructure. The areas affected by load shedding included Wakad, Baner, Balewadi, Hinjewadi, Pimple Saudagar, Bavdhan, and Nigdi.
Understanding the Need for Load Shedding
The decision to implement load shedding was driven by the risk of overloading the 220-kilowatt (KV) Urse to Chinchwad power line operated by the Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Co Ltd (Mahapareshan). With the surge in electricity demand, this power line faced the possibility of overload, which could lead to power outages and disruptions in the affected areas.
Load shedding is a controlled temporary interruption of electrical power to certain areas to prevent the overall grid from collapsing due to excess demand. By strategically reducing the load on the system, load shedding helps maintain a balance between power generation and consumption.
Load Shedding Duration and Affected Areas
The load shedding period lasted for approximately one to one and a half hours in the PCMC areas mentioned earlier. Baner, Bavdhan, Balewadi, and Nigdi reported a power outage of around one hour. On a previous day, Wagholi and nearby regions also experienced phased load shedding.
The specific duration and timing of load shedding were determined based on the demand patterns and the need to regulate the load on the power infrastructure. The objective was to minimize inconvenience to the residents while ensuring the overall stability of the electricity distribution network.
Load Regulation Measures and Power Substations
To address the significant surge in power demand during the summer season, both MSEDCL and Mahapareshan implemented load regulation measures. Nishikant Raut, the public relations officer of MSEDCL, highlighted that the power load had exceeded 750 amperes, requiring load regulation of approximately 50 to 60 megawatts.
The load regulation involved various substations in the region, including the Chinchwad and Hinjewadi 220 KV substations, as well as the Rahatani and NCL 132 KV ultra-high voltage substations. These substations played a crucial role in distributing electricity to the affected areas.
During the load regulation period, power lines connected to these substations underwent cyclic load regulation between 10 am and 1:30 pm. The areas impacted by this regulation included Hinjewadi, Wakad, Tathwade, Thergaon, Chinchwad, Pimple Saudagar, Sangvi, Pimple Nilakh, Punawale, Balewadi, Baner, Bavdhan, and Nigdi.