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Reliance power consumers ready to make the switch

business Updated: Jul 28, 2009 01:16 IST
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On July 28, from 11.30 am, Tata Power offices are expected to be buzzing with activity with thousands of new consumers filling out registration forms.

Upset with the escalating power bills, many power consumers of Reliance Infrastructure from the suburbs are expected to change their supplier using the provision of the Electricity Act, 2003.

They prefer Tata as it supplies power at cheaper rates than Reliance.

Citizens’ organisation Jagrut Nagrik Manch (JNM) took the initiative to facilitate the change. Over 25,000 newsletters were printed and distributed door to door by its volunteers from Juhu to Lokhandwala.

“The response was stunning. Hundreds of consumers filled in the forms and will flood the offices of Tata Power with their applications,” said JNM convener Praful Vora. He said Tata Power has agreed to supply power to the new consumers.

Vora said the response to their “Do-the-Switch” campaign was proof enough of a protest over the “unwarranted and draconian hike in electricity tariff granted to Reliance”.

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission has stalled Reliance from hiking tariff till further notice.