Homes using 500 units a mth will pay `50 more
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This year, 25,000 solar pumps will be installed at Rs 858.75 crore and the rest over the next two years.
There will be a Rs 50 increase in power bills of a residential consumer with monthly consumption of 500 units.
A power utility firm official said there are nearly 50 lakh consumers in Mumbai alone. The city has 30 lakh consumers of Adani Electricity, 10.5 lakh of BEST and seven lakh of Tata Power; they will be impacted by the hike. MSEDCL, which caters to other parts of the state, supplies to 2.5 crore consumers, of whom more than 20 lakh are commercial and industry users, said sources.
According to the latest GR, the rate of tax on sale of electricity has been hiked from 16 paise to 26 paise per unit for residential consumers of Tata Power, Adani and BEST in Mumbai. The rate for commercial and industrial consumers has gone up from 24 paise to 34 paise per unit. “The tax is to be paid by the power utility firm (for sale) to the government treasury after recovering it from consumers every month,” said an official. This tax in addition to the electricity duty levied in monthly bills.
Currently, agriculture pumps operate on thermal power. Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat have also taken the initiative to solarize agriculture. Power supply to farmers is subsidized. Farmers in the state owe Rs 17,000 crore to MSEDCL.