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Updated: 04-12-2018 19:22 IST

Maharashtra State Electricity

Distribution Company (MSEDCL) director Vishwas Pathak Tuesday

claimed that transmission and distribution (T&D) losses have

reduced drastically, and said the firm is looking to enlist

private participation.

It will finalise franchises for two more circles

by month-end, he said.

Addressing a press conference here, Pathak said

in the last four years under the Devendra Fadnavis-led

government the state has managed to reduce the T&D losses to

14.5 per cent from 17.5 per cent in 2014.

"We, at MSEDCL, have taken various initiatives to

reduce the T&D losses. But areas where the losses were very

high, its imperative to bring in the private sector," he said.

Pathak said the bid process for appointing the

franchisees for Shil-Mumbra-Kalwa and Malegaon circles is in

the last stage and the bidders will be finalised by the


The T&D losses in the Shil-Mumbra-Kalwa circle

increased from 49.5 per cent in fiscal 2015-16 to 53.16 per

cent in FY 18. Similarly for Malegaon, the losses increased

from 47.75 per cent to 52.54 per cent.

Currently, the distribution franchisee model in

Maharashtra is being successfully operated in certain parts of

Bhiwandi by Torrent Power while Essesl Utilities-owned SND Ltd

takes care of distribution franchisee for Nagpur city in three

divisions of Gandhibagh, Civil lines and Mahal.

Apart from these, MSEDCL has also decided to privatise

the power distribution in cities like Akola, Jalgaon

and Aurangabad.

Pathak further said the state is load shedding free

and that it has long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) for

28,000 MW and short-term contracts for a capacity of nearly

35,000 MW.

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