Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) may appoint an administrator to run the controversial Mula Pravara Electric Cooperative Society in Ahmednagar district.
This is because the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has refused to supply power to the society.
Senior Congressmen, Balasaheb Vikhe Patil and his minister son Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil control Mula Pravara society.
The society has not paid MSEDCL Rs 2,000 crore in dues. The state company wants MERC to scrap the society’s licence.
On Tuesday, MERC chairman VP Raja said the commission was concerned about 1.45 lakh consumers, who needed to be supplied power, come what may. The society needs 275-300 MW of power daily from MSEDCL but doesn’t pay at regulated rates. The society’s licence expires on January 31, 2011.
Counsel for MSEDCL told MERC that its petition had been filed well in advance and hence the society’s license should be revoked.
The state did not file its say before MERC despite energy minister Ajit Pawar’s assurance in the ongoing Legislative Session that the government will not buckle under any pressure to protect Mula Pravara.
Raja said one of the possibilities in the given situation was to appoint an administrator.
He suggested both sides submit a list of officers, working or retired, who would be competent to function as administrator.
MERC has organised a public hearing at Shrirampur on January 14, 2011 to assess the consumers’ view about the dispute and MSEDCL’s plea to revoke the MPECS licence.