If you live in a part of Maharashtra that receives power from state-owned supplier, Mahavitaran, brace yourself for higher electricity bills.
Mahavitaran has proposed an average tariff hike of 14 per cent for the current financial year.
If the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission approves of the hike, it will affect at least 160 lakh consumers in the eastern suburbs, Thane, Navi Mumbai and the rest of the state.
The provider has proposed a 3 per cent hike for domestic consumers below the poverty line, who use up to 30 units. Mahavitaran wants only 1 per cent hike for monthly domestic consumption up to 100 units. The proposed hike for other consumption slabs is between 6 and 15 per cent.
For industrial consumers, who are state company’s largest revenue contributors, the hike mooted is 8 per cent. Mahavitaran wants 9 per cent more from farmers and the railways.
Government owned or aided educational institutes, dispensaries and hospitals have been spared.