Island city power consumers’ bills set to reduce by an average 7%
Electricity tariff in island city is set to reduce by an average of 7% from this month as the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC), the state’s power regulator, on Saturday ordered to do away with the Transport Division Loss Recovery (TDLR) levy that the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking was charging its consumers.
“In its petition before the commission, even the BEST has not proposed to recover any TDLR charge from 2016-17 onwards pending the outcome of its appeal before the Supreme Court. Hence, the commission has discontinued the TDLR charge. The amount recovered between April and September this year has been refunded to consumers...,” the MERC said in its tariff order.
The BEST, which supplies power to consumers from Colaba to Mahim and Sion, was charging an additional surcharge to its power consumers to compensate for the losses in its transport division since 2012. The surcharge has been contentious, with several activists and consumers strongly opposing it.
With the state government trying to bring about a uniform power tariff for domestic consumers using up to a hundred units of energy, the MERC has also made an extra effort in its tariff orders this year to bring overall parity in tariffs charged by the multiple power consumers in Mumbai, especially for the lowest residential category.