The state government is almost ready to implement uniform tariff in Mumbai and Suburbs up to consumers consuming power between 0-100 units, Power Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule has said.
Power supplying companies BEST, Tata and Mahadiscom are ready for uniform tariff, Reliance power is yet to come on board, as they fear a loss of Rs 150 crore, the minister said and added that if needed, the government will instruct Reliance power to make its tariff rates uniform. “Uniform power tariff rates will be implemented in the next two to three months,” the minister said.
The state government is keeping a close watch on the power outages being faced by people in some parts of western and eastern suburbs due to the tripping of the 220KV power transmission tower of Tata Power Company (TPC) at Airoli in Raigad district. Rotational load shedding is being done in the affected regions and was hopeful of the supply being restored at the earliest, the minister said while replying to another question.
Tata Power is constructing a 1,600 MW power plant at Dherand in Raigad district which will substantially augment the power requirements of Mumbai, the minister said. In the last decade or so no efforts were made to augment the power supply to Mumbai city, due to which by 2019 Mumbai would be facing a power shortage of 3,000 MW, he added and then assured that this government has ensured addition of 1,300 MW of power for Mumbai.
Replying to queries over demands for reduction of power tariff rates for low end consumers in Mumbai, Bawankule stated that the government has already held four meetings with the power distribution companies – TPC, BEST, Reliance and Mahadiscom over the issue. He said that the government has already agreed for reduction in power tariff rates for those consumers consuming less than 100 units.
Earlier, the Minister for Energy had announced that the cabinet sub-committee has approved the decision to grant concession in power tariff rates for industrial units in Vidarbha, Marathwada and North Maharashtra, D and D Plus regions (less developed tribal regions) of the state.
The incentives in power tariff which shall be effective from April 1 this year shall be effective for the next three years. He said that the main aim of the incentives is to boost industrial development in less developed regions and will entail a burden of Rs 1,011 crore on the state exchequer.
Bawankule stated that the concessions shall apply to those industrial units that shall draw power from Mahadiscom (state power supply utility). He said that this is over and above the 26 percent concession granted by Maharashtra State Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC). He said that the concessions will be offered to those industrial units making “efficient” use of power supply and especially to new industrial units.