MAHARASTRA State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has announced a new amnesty scheme for defaulters whose supply has been permanently disconnected due to non-payment of dues. As per the scheme, if the defaulters pay the original pending dues by November 30, interest on the amount as well as penalty for the delayed payment will be waved off. The consumers will also get a discount of five per cent on the pending amount and their power supply will be restored without any additional charge.
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The power utility is owed as much as Rs 254.18 crore by over 2 lakh customers in the Pune District who have refused to pay their power bills despite repeated reminders by the MSEDCL. The amnesty scheme announced by the utility looks like a desperate attempt by the body to squeeze out at least some of this pending amount. As per a statement put out by the MSEDCL, the customers whose power supply was “permanently disconnected” by the power utility on or before March 31, 2016, will be able to take benefit from this scheme.
Apart from the concession of penalty and interest that will be given to those who pay their dues before November 30, those who will pay the bill between December 1 and January 31, 2017, will get the benefit of complete waiver of interest on the dues as well as the penalty amount. However, they will not get the five per cent discount as the one who will clear the dues before November 30.
Even others who will pay the bill between February 1 and April 30, 2017, will get a complete waiver of late payment fee and 75 per cent of the interest charged over the pending bills. Meaning they will have to pay the base amount and 25 per cent of the interest amount, the statement by the MSEDCL said.