Maharashtra-run discom’s electricity bill arrears rose by Rs 8,000 crore during lockdown

Maharashtra-run discom’s electricity bill arrears rose by Rs 8,000 crore during lockdown

Electricity bill arrears of power shoppers in geographical area have shot up by nearly Rs eight,000 large integer throughout the imprisonment.

The geographical area State Electricity Distribution Company Limited’s (Mahavitran) unfinished bill recoveries rose from Rs fifty one,145 large integer in March to Rs fifty nine,102 large integer in Gregorian calendar month.

During the seven-month amount, there was a 251 per cent rise within the bill arrears of residential shoppers.

According to Energy Minister Dr Nitin Raut’s own admission, the arrears during this class had up from Rs one,374 large integer to Rs four,824 crore, with 55.98 hundred thousand shoppers defaulting of bill payments.

Outstanding bills from industrial institutions additionally rose from Rs 879 large integer in March to Rs one,241 large integer in Gregorian calendar month, whereas arrears of business shoppers rose from Rs 472 large integer to Rs 982 large integer amid restrictions thanks to the imprisonment. Farm electricity arrears still be the most important chunk of dues within the state.

In August, following complaints of high power bills by residents, Raut’s department had declared a Rs one,071-crore commit to absorb a little of the liabilities for residential shoppers for Gregorian calendar month, could and Gregorian calendar month. however the proposal couldn’t act amid queries raised on that by the NCP-led finance department.

On Tuesday, Raut, a Congress minister, cited Mahavitran’s mounting arrears, to announce that the govt won’t be able to offer any relaxations in power bills for Gregorian calendar month, could and Gregorian calendar month
and urged shoppers to pay
all dues.

Politics over Raut’s latest announcement intense on Wed, with the Leader of Opposition within the state Assembly, Devendra Fadnavis, accusative the govt of revealing the lots and difficult a Rs five,000-crore relief package for power shoppers.

Raju Shetti of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghathana, associate ally of the Maha Vikas Aghadi, additionally dared the govt to recover the unfinished bills.

Sources aforesaid that the Congress is irritated with minister and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar for obstruction the proposal.

A senior Congress minister aforesaid that Pawar’s department had in agreement for a dole to bail out the Sena-led transport department.

Indicating towards a division at intervals the govt, senior Congress minister Vijay Wadettiwar aforesaid that there was discontent among individuals over high power bills.
Backing the currently shelved arrange of riveting a little of the ability bills, he further that he can raise the difficulty within the approaching cupboard meeting.

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