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Respite for state power distribution company

The state-owned power distribution company Mahavitaran has something to cheer about.

mumbai Updated: Aug 09, 2010 01:58 IST
HT Correspondent

The state-owned power distribution company Mahavitaran has something to cheer about.

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has assured that it will strictly deal with people or companies that furnish misleading facts before the commission while making litigations.

The commission passed the order after the hearing on Friday after the company’s top bosses walking out of the proceedings midway.

A Mahavitaran statement said that the company’s Managing Director Ajoy Mehta did not walk out with an intention to insult the commission but he sought permission to leave because he had an important engagement.

“The company holds the Honorable Commission in high regard and there is no question of dishonoring it.”

MERC’s record of proceedings, a copy of which is with Hindustan Times, states that due care must be taken to verify facts before submitting them to the commission.

Mahavitaran said that the commission, in its earlier hearing, had directed the company to reduce power cuts within 48 hours. According to a statement issued by Mahavitaran, the same was communicated to the commission within 48 hours.

Instead of giving an opportunity to respond, the commission had fixed the next hearing on August 6.

Mahavitaran said that it expected the commission will allow it to plead its case first since the consumer organisations had already put forth their say during the last hearing.