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
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
"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
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
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