Power supply will remain uninterrupted, say officials
Pune: The protest of the employees of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) against the privatization of the organization is gaining momentum. The protest follows the permission sought by Adani company for parallel power distribution in Bhandup, Mulund, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Panvel, Taloja and Uran areas, which come under the jurisdiction of Mahavitaran.
At least 30 unions across the State have come together to fight against the privatization move. They have called for a 72-hour strike from January 4 to 6, 2023, following the statewide protest that happened on December 29, 2022. Officials have confirmed that power supply will not be interrupted, due to the strike.
The employees claim that privatization will lead to increase in electricity charges, while also impacted the 85,000 employees working at MSEDCL. The profitable areas under MSEDCL may be taken over and other private players may be encouraged to enter the power distribution sector.
The Adani Transmission Ltd has given time till December 26, 2022 for people to file their objections. Noticing that steps are now being taken for parallel power distribution in Mumbai, the MSEDCL employees are intensifying the protest.
“The strike will be starting from 4 January at 12 am for the next 72 hours. All MSEDCL employees will not do any kind of work. We have submitted a letter to the Collector office regarding the strike. We will be protesting at the MSEDCL office, Rasta Peth. If the government doesn’t agree to our demands, we will hold another strike from January 17”, said Suresh Jadhav, MSEDCL engineer.
Precautions have been taken to ensure uninterrupted power supply to consumers in Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad cities, Ambegaon, Junnar, Khed, Maval, Mulshi, Velhe taluka and Haveli taluka. A round-the-clock alternate system has been made ready for the same. Mahavitaran has appealed to people to contact the toll-free helpline number 1800-212-3435/ 1800-233-3435/ 1912/ 19120, if required.
Top priority will be given to restore the power supply interrupted due to any reason, by maintaining a 24 hour contact with the control room from division to circle level, said officials
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