Industrialists have sought concessions in power tariff from chief minister Uddhav Thackeray in view of the complete lockdown in the state. The Electrical Consumers Industrial Organizations State Level Coordination Committee (ECIO-CC) has written a letter to Thackeray in this regard.
Committee convener Pratap Hogade has stated that all the industrial units in the state were closed for an indefinite period, and hence appropriate directions should be issued to MSEDCL and other distribution licensees by the government.
Hogade has demanded that charges for the lockdown period should be totally waived. The other demands include load factor incentive should be calculated excluding the lockdown period. Energy charges should be charged on the basis of actual consumption units. Average bills may be issued only in case of non-availability of meter readings. Such bills should be appropriately corrected after getting meter readings of the concerned consumers.
March, April and May bills payment period should be extended up to June 30 without any interest or delayed payment charges. Power factor penalty should be waived for the lockdown period.
All these measures should be applicable to all other consumers categories for example poultry, cold storage etc.
Vidarbha Taxpayers Association (VTA) has also written to energy minister Nitin Raut to defer electricity bill payment by few months, likewise net metering accumulated units be carried forward to the next year and requested for reduction of electricity tariff taking into consideration the Covid-19 restrictions.
Shrawankumar Malu, president of VTA, requested that electricity bill payments of all consumers may be deferred for a few months