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Mahavitaran told to restore power supply of gram panchayats

The state electricity department has been asked to restore power supply of the gram panchayats after the connections were snapped due to non-payment of dues.

Rural development minister Hasan Mushrif, in a statement issued on Thursday, said the gram panchayats can recover the power supply dues from the water and property taxes charged from the villagers.

Due to snapping of the power supply, the water supply schemes and street lights have become non-functional. The snapping of power supply has also caused widespread anger among the villagers.

To resolve the issue, Mushrif took up the matter with deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar who is also states finance minister. Later, Pawar convened a meeting on the issue with power supply minister Nitin Raut.

Mushrif said, “The deputy chief minister has asked Mahavitaran to restore the power supply connections of gram panchayats. There were issues regarding differences between gram panchayats and electricity department over the power tariff. The gram panchayats claimed they are being charged exorbitant rates and since they are non-profit oriented and a public service organisation they should be charged at lower rates. The deputy CM has appointed a panel to look into the issue.”

Mushrif said the decision has been taken by his ministry that the power supply bills will be recovered through water supply tax charged to the villagers.

Source
ET Energy World
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