Is­land city power con­sumers’ bills set to re­duce by an av­er­age 7%

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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.

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