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MERC grants 25-year power distribution licence to Tata Power

PTI  Mumbai, August 15, 2014
First Published: 15:24 IST(15/8/2014) | Last Updated: 15:27 IST(15/8/2014)

In a major decision, state electricity regulator Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has granted 25 years distribution licence to Tata Power for supplying power in city and suburban areas.

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MERC in its order has allowed Tata Power Company (TPC) to supply electricity in Mumbai city, parts of suburban areas including Bandra to Dahisar in Western suburbs; Chunabhatti to Vikhroli and Mankhurd in Eastern suburbs for 25 years.

It has also been granted licence to supply electricity in areas of Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation, Chene and Versova which were earlier not a part of its licence area.

"Based on all materials placed, and suggestions and objections received, the Commission is of the view that it is in the public interest to grant licence to TPC to distribute electricity in the proposed area of supply," MERC said in the order.

The Commission had invited tenders from interested parties for granting licence to supply electricity in the proposed areas as TPC's licence was expiring on Friday.

The new licence will come into effect from tomorrow, the order said.

"The Commission grants distribution licence to TPC to supply electricity in the proposed area for 25 years from August 16," the order said.

MERC has also asked Tata Power to submit a fresh rollout plan, for supplying electricity, within six weeks.

Currently, BEST is supplying electricity in the city along with Tata.

"With this order, consumers of BEST can shift to Tata Power's network," an industry expert said.

Tata Power has a consumer base of five lakh in Mumbai of which nearly 65 percent are those consuming below 300 units per month.


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