Maharashtra will see little respite this scorching summer as Energy Minister Ajit Pawar has warned that load-shedding will continue in the state following a huge demand-supply gap. State Energy Minister Ajit Pawar was speaking in the legislative assembly when he warned that load-shedding will continue in the state following a huge demand-supply gap. However, Mumbai will be spared the load-shedding ordeal for now as the Tata Company has agreed to provide electricity to the Reliance Infrastructure. Ajit Pawar said stringent action will be taken against private players in the energy sector if they try to exploit the scarcity situation for reaping profits. Ajit Pawar assured the assembly that the government has set December 2012 as the deadline to free Maharashtra of the load-shedding menace. A committee has been constituted under CM Ashok Chavan to monitor the ambitious plan. The power crisis in the state has worsened because of the complete shut-down of the Chandrapur thermal power unit because of lack of water supply. The close-down has created a shortfall of 1,420 MW, Ajit Pawar said. The Minister also urged consumers to cut down consumption of power in view of the crisis. Bureau report – NMTV News.
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