The state power regulator will hold a hearing on March 17 to address the pleas of those in the island city who have applied to change their distributor from the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking to the Tata Power Company.
The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission’s suo motu hearing gains significance because the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity had dismissed the BEST’s appeal, which said that the state regulator couldn’t allow other distributors to do business in its area.
The BEST plans to challenge it in the Supreme Court. The Hindustan Times was the first to report the matter on March 6.
Acting on hotelier Guruprasad Shetty’s petition, the commission had directed Tata Power to lay its network to provide power to his commercial establishments.
Several other parties had filed similar petitions when Tata refused to supply electricity, citing opposition from BEST.
Shetty has asked the commission to facilitate the switchover from BEST to Tata Power as the latter has laid down the necessary infrastructure to provide electricity. Shetty has also requested BEST to disconnect connections to enable him to opt for supply from Tata Power. BEST officials did not comment on the issue.