Mumbai, October 6: Mumbaiites will have to face power cuts of between two and four hours every day for at least one more week. People living in the eastern suburbs of Mulund and Bhandup and in Thane and Navi Mumbai, along with the rest of Maharashtra, will have to suffer power outages.

Owing to the shortage of coal and power plant shutdown for routine maintenance, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd. (MSEDL), which provides electricity to these areas, has initiated the move, the Hindustan Times reported.

“We purchased 700 MW from the open market at a higher rate, but it was not enough. As we are not allowed to purchase electricity above Rs 4 per unit, we have constraints on purchasing power from the open market. We have approached the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission to allow us to purchase at a higher rate,” another MSEDL official said.

While the state’s current power demand is 17,900 MW per day, the total generation from state-owned and private plants on Thursday was 15,700 MW.

The power cut in urban areas is from two to four hours and in rural areas, it’s up to six hours. “The October heat has led to sudden rise in demand and there’s shortage of coal. Top officials in the government are trying to procure coal at the earliest,” an official from the energy department of the state government said.

As the BEST, Tata and Reliance, power distribution companies that supply electricity to majority of Mumbai city, have made sufficient arrangements to meet their demand of 3,000 MW, so their consumers are unlikely to face any outage, at least for now.

Not only the government-owned company, private power generation plants too are hit badly because of shortage of coal.