The Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Ltd (Mahagenco) has claimed that the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (Mahadiscom) has not paid its bills for purchasing power over the past six years.
In May alone, over 13,000 connections were cut, according to data from the state distribution company. These consumers will have to pay their outstanding as well as the reconnection charges to get their connection back.
The forest officials have warned MSEDCL that if such a fire incident occurs again, cases will be registered against the power distribution company and farmers who suffer losses due to it will be asked to file similar cases.
As per the scheme — Chief Minister Krishi Sanjivani Yojana — agricultural users who have defaulted on electricity bills can pay arrears in equal installments by December 2018. Upon signing up for the scheme, MSEDCL will continue to provide electricity.
The state has been hit by an unforeseen power shortage owing to paucity of coal in thermal power plants.
Following heavy rain, the planned power cuts were withdrawn on Friday from A and B categories, which include areas such as Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur.