Thursday, 5 September 2013

Maharashtra allows farmers to pay power bills in installments - Source The Times Of India

In a relief to several farmers in the region, the state government has announced that they can pay the pending power dues of two quarters beginning April 2012.

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Corporation Limited (MSEDCL) said in a statement that the snapped connections would be restored immediately after the farmers from across the state pay up the bills of the two quarters, while the dues of the remaining three quarters will have to be paid in October, November and December respectively in equal installments.

The decision was taken during a meeting of the state cabinet ministers in Mumbai on Tuesday. The decision on recovery of bills prior to March 2012 would be taken later.

According to the MSEDCL, bills worth around Rs 8,508 crores are pending with the farmers across the state. Farmers having pumps of 5 horse power (HP) owe the power distribution company Rs 8,250 crores of which Rs 3,300 crore have to be paid towards the first two quarters beginning April 2012. Similarly, farmers having 3 HP pumps will have to first pay the dues worth around Rs 1,692 crores of the total Rs 4,230 crore.

The remaining amount of Rs 4,950 crore and Rs 2,538 crore will have to be paid in equal installments between October and December, the statement said.

The MSEDCL's decision to abruptly disconnect power supply to around 28,000 consumers in the city in an ongoing drive had created a stir with the Shiv Sena workers locking around offices of the power distribution company on Monday. In all, 1.92 lakh consumers owe the power distribution company dues up to Rs 650 crore.

As many as 66,000 of the 1.92 lakh defaulters have not paid their bills for the last three years, while 54,000 others have not paid since seeking new connections.

In addition, industrialists, water resources and street light department, and other consumers from the Aurangabad circle (urban and rural) and Jalna collectively owe the company around Rs 1,307 crore.

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