Anil Ambani owned- Reliance Infra ordered a team of IIT Bombay professors and students to conduct a study on the expected demand of electricity in Mumbai in the next 20 years, a city where the company is the major supplier to the suburbs. While the final draft of the study is due to be presented to the company, preliminary results suggest that the demand for electricity will almost double by 2030, from 1,697 MW to 3,284 MW and that the private firm would have to shell out close to INR 7 billion in the next five years to lay down an additional 670Km of wiring with advanced transformers.
Lalit Jalan , CEO & director , RInfra said , "The tie-up with IIT Bombay is to adopt cutting edge technology based on advanced research which will have potential to overhaul the power distribution business in the country ."
The study attributes its suggestions to the need of having alternative grid-network to meet contingency supply; cities like New York have not two but three parallel networks of wires, in case there are two network failures one after the other. The team from IITB believes that one additional network would be enough for Mumbai since the city has the advantage of having a more reliable power network as it is underground. The additional wiring, about 670Km long, would cost RInfra about INR 5.07 billion.