Pune News: Federation of Chakan Industries Holds Meeting with MSEDCL Officials to Address Persistent Power Issues

Pune News: Federation of Chakan Industries Holds Meeting with MSEDCL Officials to Address Persistent Power Issues

Pune News: Federation of Chakan Industries Holds Meeting with MSEDCL Officials to Address Persistent Power Issues

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The Federation of Chakan Industries organized a meeting on June 7, 2024, at Gabriel India Limited to address numerous complaints regarding electricity issues received from various industries. Despite repeated complaints, MSEDCL officials had not taken any action to resolve these problems. The meeting was attended by Ankush Nale, Regional Director of MSEDCL, and Yuvraj Jarg, Superintending Engineer, along with several key representatives from the Federation of Chakan Industries, including Secretary Dilip Batwal, Directors Manoj Bansal, and managers from Gabriel India, Puna Pressing, Adwik, and other companies. In total, representatives from seventy companies participated.
During the meeting, industry representatives presented a detailed account of their issues to Ankush Nale, highlighting that local MSEDCL officials were unresponsive. They reported a significant increase in power breakdowns and maintenance issues, with companies not receiving timely notifications about maintenance work, leading to substantial financial losses. The industries have been struggling with frequent power failures, breakdowns, dips, and fluctuations, resulting in production losses, increased maintenance costs, damaged machinery, and delayed orders. Additionally, they pointed out that Maharashtra has the highest electricity rates in India, making it difficult for local products to compete due to higher production costs.

The representatives warned that if these issues were not addressed seriously, industries might be forced to relocate to other states. In response, Ankush Nale reprimanded the attending MSEDCL officials and assured that such disorganized work would not be tolerated in the future. He mentioned that MSEDCL had prepared a Detailed Project Report (DPR) worth 40 crore rupees to improve Chakan’s electricity infrastructure, with many projects expected to commence in the next couple of months to resolve these issues.

Nale also promised efforts to reduce electricity tariffs by minimizing costs and negotiating lower rates for electricity purchases. He committed to personally follow up on the progress of the work in Chakan daily. To address the manpower issue, he announced the opening of a new sub-division office in Chakan the following week, which would increase the workforce and ensure timely preventive maintenance. Furthermore, he assured that mixed feeders would be separated to provide uninterrupted power supply to industries.

The meeting concluded with a vote of thanks from Federation Secretary Dilip Batwal.