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Revised power tarrif: Minister to seek concession

Power minister will discuss with officials of state electricity on the revised tariff order to provide concessions in some categories, reports Pradip Kumar Maitra.

india Updated: Dec 13, 2006 22:46 IST

The Maharashtra Power Minister Dilip Wadse-Patil assured the House that he would discuss with the officials of state electricity regulatory authority on the revised tariff order to provide concessions in some categories.

He claimed that the authority has not recommended any tariff hike for agriculture pumps, while it created a new category of below poverty line (BPL) consumer of 30 units.

This category will get 80 per cent rebate on the first 30 units, while it would be entitled to a rebate of 23 per cent for 100 units consumed per month. Between 101 to 300 units consumers would get 18 percent while 5 per cent rebate would be given for consuming over 300 units.

The minister hinted that Mumbai suburbs, barring the island areas, would face load shedding in the coming days in view of more industrialisation, growing urbanisation and coming up of huge business malls in those areas.

Replying to the debate, initiated by the leader of the opposition, Ramdas Kadam, the BJP member, Gopinath Munde and others, the minister informed the house that the power ministry had already told the Tatas and Reliance, the major suppliers of power in Mumbai to enhance their capacities in view of growing demand.

Tata is increasing its capacity by 250 MW by this financial year while it will enhance its capacity by another 250 MW soon.The minister informed that the State Electricity Distribution Company is implementing an ambitious feeder separation scheme on the line of Gujarat for smooth supply of the power in the state.

Under the scheme separate feeders are being installed for agriculture, domestic and commercial utilisation.

The distribution company has to collect around 9000-crore arrears from different sectors. Of them, it has to recover an amount of around Rs 2,800-crore from agriculture sector alone.

The minister also claimed that around Rs 30,000-crore is expected to invest in the state for power generation by 2010.

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First Published: Dec 13, 2006 22:46 IST