Homes us­ing 500 units a mth will pay `50 more

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

From P 1

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.

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