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BEST to challenge regulator’s order

mumbai Updated: Mar 03, 2010 02:11 IST
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The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) is planning to approach the Appellate Tribunal of Electricity against the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission’s decision to allow Tata Power Company to supply power to consumers from the island city.

At a BEST Committee meeting on Tuesday, committee members and General Manager Uttam Khobragade agreed to oppose MERC’s decision.

“We can oppose MERC’s order. Presently we are examining the order,” said Uttam Khobragade, General Manager, BEST.

The Committee members, comprising of various political parties, claimed that MERC’s decision would affect BEST’s electricity department.

“If we don’t oppose the decision now, in the coming years the electricity department would no longer be in a position to function,” said Pravin Chheda, member of BJP, BEST Committee.

Another member Sanjay Potnis from Shiv Sena said: “The electricity department cross subsidises the loss making transport division. If this order is implemented then the electricity department would fall in trouble.”

On February 23, a MERC order allowed Tata Power to cater to consumers in BEST’s territory with 10-lakh consumers, of which 3 lakh are high value customers.

The order was passed in reply to a petition filed by Association of Hoteliers and Restaurant (Ahar).

MERC’s order stated that consumers should be given the right to choose their utility supplier through the Open Access System. Average tariff charged by Tata Power is about 50 per cent less than that charged by BEST.

BEST might consider legal options to seek prevention of migration of its high-end consumers to Tata Power.