Agri con­sumers now owe dis­com `30K cr

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Ma­hav­i­taran sup­plies power at the sub­sidised rate to agri­cul­ture con­sumers by charg­ing more to in­dus­try con­sumers.

A Ma­hav­i­taran of­fi­cer told DNA, ‘’De­spite re­peated ap­peals, agri­cul­ture con­sumers are not clear­ing the ar­rears. They are re­luc­tant to pay even the cur­rent elec­tric­ity bills cit­ing drought and farm cri­sis. Ma­hav­i­taran has to con­tinue its op­er­a­tion with work­ing cap­i­tal loan but that has its own lim­i­ta­tions.”

The of­fi­cer said that Ma­hav­i­taran’s ef­fort to in­crease monthly rev­enue col­lec­tion has paid off as it is cur­rently worth Rs 5,500 crore. How­ever, this won’t work un­less agri­cul­ture con­sumers clear run­ning bills and pay ar­rears in a time bound man­ner.

Ma­hav­i­taran is wor­ried

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