Agri consumers now owe state discom `30K cr
Mumbai: The Maharashtra government may have to shell out more to help the cash-strapped electricity distribution company (Mahavitaran) in view of rising arrears from agricultural consumers and also on account of supply to streetlights.
Mahavitaran’s total arrears have increased by 23.44% to Rs 40,278 crore in 2018-19 from Rs 32,627 crore in 2017-18. Of the Rs 40,278 crore, the rise in dues from agriculture consumers alone is Rs 30,199 crore against Rs 24,699 crore including interest which is 22% increase. The arrears from local bodies for electricity supply to streetlights is Rs 4,145 crore against Rs 3,500 crore.
Finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar in Interim Budget 2019-20 has proposed Rs 6,320 crore allocation for power subsidy and infrastructure development. But Mahavitaran has sought more support in the full budget to be presented on June 18 in the monsoon session.
Mahavitaran has a total consumer base of 2.60 crore of which 43 lakh are agriculture consumers. Turn to P4