ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Expertise, but Not Much Power

Hansavivek TATA ELECTRIC COMPANIES' chairman, Naval H Tata, points out that there is an "alarming imbalance" between the supply and demand of electricity in the area served by his companies. He has offered the inbuilt potential for additional capacity at the Trombay thermal station for installing a new 500 MW unit, and also to engineer, construct, commission, and operate it on behalf of the government and integrate it into the existing grid, under the control of MSEB. Owing to less rainfall during the current season, he feels that total storage in the companies' lakes at the end of the monsoon may be less than what it was even on October 1, 1968, the year of lowest storage. Such shortage will affect the companies' operations during 1972-73 and 1973- 74. However, he expects the companies to make up some of the shortfall by intensive operation of their four thermal units. With the increase by MSEB in the tariffs, averaging about 20 per cent, from October, the Tata electric companies have also raised their own tariffs to licensees and high tension consumers by 20 per cent from October 18 next.

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