Maharashtra slashes power tariff by 20pc

January 21, 2014 - 12:00:00 am
Mumbai: In a major pre-election initiative, the Maharashtra government yesterday slashed power tariff by 20 percent across all sectors.

The move will provide relief to domestic, commercial, industrial and agricultural consumers, according to an announcement by the Chief Minister’s Office.

The 20 percent cut will be applicable for domestic consumers — around 1.30 crore in the state — using up to 300 units per month.

The move drew criticism from the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party.

The decision will be implemented in the entire state including north-east parts of Mumbai which get power from the Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB).

“A decision on the other areas of the city — like north-west and south Mumbai — which are serviced by private suppliers like Tata Power and Reliance Energy shall be taken next week,” an official said.

The MSEB has a total of 2.14 crore consumers in Maharashtra, of which 1.56 crore are domestic users, a MSEB spokesperson said.

Of these 1.56 crore, a whopping 1.30 crore fall in the below 300-units per month range, making them eligible for the 20 percent slashed tariff.

Maharashtra also has 3.60 million agriculture consumers, 1.60 million commercial users, 300,000 industrial and 100,000 powerlooms. Certain other consumers like the railways are no included in the above list, the spokesperson said.