Uniform power tariff plan on anvil: Energy Minister Chandrasekhar Bawankule

Energy Minister Chandrasekhar Bawankule made the announcement in the Legislative Assembly during a discussion on the supplementary demands raised by his department.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: July 27, 2016 2:47 am

Replicating the Aam Aadmi Party’s model in Delhi, the Maharashtra government Tuesday announced that it will get accounts of private power discoms Tata Power and Reliance Infrastructure (RInfra) audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG). This would help assess if the discoms were fraudulently inflating their capital costs for hiking consumer power tariffs.

Energy Minister Chandrasekhar Bawankule made the announcement in the Legislative Assembly during a discussion on the supplementary demands raised by his department.

The minister also said that the government was working out modalities for implementing a uniform tariff plan for domestic consumers consuming up to 100 units in Mumbai.

Four discoms supply power in Mumbai and all of them have different tariff plans. “The Chief Minister has held meetings with the discoms on this. We are hoping to convince these companies to file a proposal in this regard before the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission by the year-end,” he said.

BJP’s Ashish Shelar had raised the demand for the CAG audit and uniform tariff for domestic consumers consuming upto 300 units. He had alleged that the private companies often show inflated capital expenditure for increased tariffs.

“The audit of the balance sheets of Tata Power and RInfra would be carried out for reviewing the actual capital and administrative costs. We will soon move a proposal to the law department,” Bawankule further informed.

Mumbai Congress Chief Sanjay Nirupam had previously petitioned for a comprehensive audit of power discoms, alleging that there was a deep nexus between MERC officials and the discoms.

Bawankule said that three out of the four discoms, with the exception of RInfra, had already agreed to implement the uniform tariff plan.

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