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HindustanTimes Mon,21 Apr 2014

Maharashtra to go AAP way: cut power tariff by 15%

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, January 04, 2014
First Published: 21:09 IST(4/1/2014) | Last Updated: 21:13 IST(4/1/2014)
Maharashtra is soon going to follow the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s footsteps and slash power tariffs in the state by about 15%.
 
In Delhi, the AAP had cut electricity tariffs by 50% for those who consume less than 400 units per month.
 
Power minister Narayan Rane told reporters in Kolhapur that chief minister Prithviraj Chavan will make an official announcement about 15% reduction in power tariffs in the next 8-10 days.
 
The move comes after Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam from North Mumbai on Thursday asked the government why Maharashtra cannot reduce tariffs for consumers using less than 500 units, as was done by the AAP government.
 
To Nirupam’s proposal, Chavan had said a committee was formed under Rane in 2012 to look at revision of rates related to the power supplied to industries. However, the scope of the committee was increased to include residential consumers and the Mumbai area as well.
 
While the final announcement on the tariff cut is awaited, Nirupam on Saturday has declared that he will be protesting against Reliance on January 13 if the company doesn’t reduce electricity tariffs for domestic consumers.
 
He has demanded that the company should not take fixed charge of Rs. 100 in the bill and that the 10% regulatory asset charge should be waived off completely.
 
He has also demanded replacement of the China-made electronic meters, which are faulty.
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