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01 May 2012

Mumbai: The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd has decided to make hill stations Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani, Lonavala and Matheran; pilgrim spots Shirdi, Trimbakeshwar, Pandharpur, Jejuri, Parli-Vaijnath, Tuljapur, Shegaon and Alibaug beach, free of load-shedding from May 2, 2012, as per a report by DNA.

"Zero load-shedding will be applicable in the municipal limits of these 12 places," said a spokesperson for the state electricity distribution firm. But these places will have to keep electricity distribution losses below 15 per cent. This initiative will boost the tourism industry by attracting more tourists to these places, thus helping to create more job opportunities. "It will also project a better image of the state to international tourists," said Ahmed Khan, who owns a cottage at Matheran.

Maharashtra is one of the most-visited destinations in India by foreign tourists and ranks among the top five states to be frequently visited by domestic travellers. Officials from the Maharashtra State Tourism Corporation have admitted that power cuts have been one of the major hurdles in luring tourists to the state. But with power deficit averaging around 1,500 MW, the state government expects to be self-sufficient and make Maharashtra load-shedding-free by December.