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BEST panel opposes proposed power hike for island city

The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) committee members are opposed to the administration’s proposed electricity tariff hike for its 9-lakh consumers in the island city.

mumbai Updated: Jul 27, 2011 02:35 IST
Shashank Rao

The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) committee members are opposed to the administration’s proposed electricity tariff hike for its 9-lakh consumers in the island city.

The hike, ranging from 5% to 20% under the multi-year tariff (MYT), has been prepared for a period of five years for consumers residing on the Colaba-Sion stretch.

The members — representing various political parties – claim that this hike in tariff has been proposed without their consent.

“The administration has not presented the MYT to us. We will definitely oppose the hike proposal when it comes to us because it is anti-public,” said BEST committee chairman, Sunil Shinde of Shiv Sena.

Similarly, the Opposition leader, Ravi Raja from Congress, said, “The administration is unnecessarily burdening consumers by increasing their capital expenditure and operational cost,” said Raja.

The committee members are expected to raise this issue in a meeting scheduled on July 27.

According to the five-year plan, the average tariff for residential consumers in 2011-12 will be Rs4.45 per unit from the existing Rs4.22 per unit.

In 2012-13, the average tariff is expected to go up to Rs4.69 per unit from Rs4.45 per unit. In 2013-14, the average tariff will be Rs 4.97 per unit.

In 2014-15, it will go up to Rs5.24 per unit, followed by another rise up to Rs5.60 per unit in 2015-16.

“We have prepared the proposal but have not submitted the multi-year tariff to the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) yet,” said OP Gupta, general manager, BEST.

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