The Maharashtra government has backtracked on its assurance to give relief to power consumers who got highly-inflated bills during the lockdown period.
Maharashtra energy minister Nitin Raut on Tuesday ruled out any relief for the consumers claiming that the consumers would have to pay the bills as per meter readings. The state has laid the blame for not being able to give relief on the central government.
The development came as the Maharashtra State Electricty Distribution Company (MSEDCL) had issued orders to recover pending power bills. The minister said power companies are also buying electricity from elsewhere in order to provide to state’s consumers.
“Just like the common consumer buys power from power companies, these companies, too, have to buy power from elsewhere. They have to pay various surcharges on the power being supplied. We have tried to give relief to the consumers. However, the Centre has not co-operated with us,” claimed the minister.
Raut said MSEDCL has been facing losses worth 69,000 crore and it has no fiscal legroom to take on more debt in order to give relief.