According to reports, Mahametro’s plan to meet 65% of Nagpur Metro Rail’s energy needs through solar power has received a jolt as state-run discom MSEDCL has refused to relax its norms for the project. Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has asked the two agencies to hold a meeting and find a way out. MERC has also told Mahametro to file its say justifying its case as being unique and requiring a special dispensation considering the intent and purpose of the solar roof top policy.
The date of meeting between Mahametro and MSEDCL is to be finalized. A senior Mahametro official said that it would be held in the coming week.
Solarization is vital for the success of the Metro Rail project. The cost of MSEDCL power as per the Commission’s latest tariff order is Rs7.33 per unit. This is exclusive of fuel surcharge and electricity duty. On the other hand, NMRCL can get solar power at between Rs5 and Rs6 per unit. The effective difference between the two tariffs is over Rs2 per unit, which is quite high.