#39;Maharashtra will buy power from Central grid and pvt cos to make up for 3500 MW shortage#39;

The ruling BJP in Maharashtra on Thursday said the government will purchase power from Central grid as well as private companies to make up for the shortage which is to the tune of 3500 MW.

The BJP also claimed the duration of power load-shedding in the state used to be 14 hours per day under the erstwhile Congress-led UPA government, of which the NCP was a constituent.

Earlier in the day, NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said the state was reeling under power shortfall of "3000 MW" and appealed to the government to declare the exact quantum of shortage.

He had claimed the rural areas were facing power cuts every day because the coal supply meant for the state is being "diverted" to poll-bound Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

Hitting back at the NCP, State unit BJP spokesperson Vishwas Pathak, who is also a consultant to state power minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, said the current shortage is to the tune of 3,500 MW.

"The state is purchasing power from Central grid as well as from private power generation companies," Pathak said.

"I am ready to debate the issue of load-shedding with the NCP on any platform. When the NCP was in power (in alliance with the Congress), the load shedding used to be in force for 12-14 a day. We have brought down the duration significantly," he said.

When asked about the NCP's claim that the state government was not buying power from the ...

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