Electricity bills for MSEDCL home users may rise 5-6%

MUMBAI: Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL), which supplies power to parts of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane and rest of state, has proposed a hike of 5-6% in electricity charges for residential consumers.

However, offering a sweetener to industry, the hike proposed is just 2%. For high tension (HT) commercial users such as business houses, shops and malls, the rate hike is proposed at just 1%. This was indicated in the mid-term review petition filed before the MERC.

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The good news for over 2.5 crore consumers is that the hike will remain constant for two financial years till March 31, 2020. Interestingly, the power utility firm has proposed a 0.5% rebate for all consumers who use the online method to pay electricity bills on time. It has also proposed a rebate of Re 1 per unit for those who set up new industries in the state and take a fresh connection. This could prevent industries from migrating to other states and boost the Make-in-Maharashtra campaign, sources said. “This year, we have also proposed a separate category for Electric Vehicle Charging station — whose rate will be Rs 6 per unit to charge batteries of cars and bikes,” said a senior official. The objective is to encourage more citizens to switch to zero-emission electric vehicles.

MSEDCL also proposes to set up 50 charging stations across Maharashtra — along the Mumbai -Nagpur corridor. It has also proposed five charging stations on Mumbai-Pune Expressway and a few more along the Mumbai-Nashik highway so that citizens can travel by electric cars.
As for the low-end residential category of 0-100 units consumption, the power utility firm has proposed a negligible hike of 0.02% or 8 paise. This spells relief for 1.20 crore consumers across Maharashtra. For the remaining residential consumers, the hike will be 6% for those in the 101-300 units bracket and 5% for those consuming over 300 units every month, the fresh petition proposed.
The commission has proposed a uniform tariff for ll Railways, Metro and Monorail operations whose hike for basic energy charge is proposed at 2%.
MERC will conduct public hearings and seek comments from consumer representatives and other groups.

Nino Plevnik

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