Govt gives approval for Rs 4.5K cr power subsidy for agriculture, powerlooms

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Sanjay Taksande, Pune regional director of MSEDCL, said pending electricity bills have become a concern and recovering this amount has become important.

Pune: Agriculture and powerloom consumers will be given a subsidy in electricity bills for 2017-2018 as an amount of Rs 4,500 crore has been approved by the government for Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), officials said.

Meanwhile, Sanjay Taksande, Pune regional director of MSEDCL, said pending electricity bills have become a concern and recovering this amount has become important. He said a drive of disconnecting connections of defaulters will start soon.

“At present, 16.82 lakh consumers from western Maharashtra are to pay a pending amount of close to Rs 235 crore. Out of these, there are 7.8 lakh consumers from Pune district, 2.28 lakh consumers from Kolhapur district, 1.98 lakh consumers from Sangli district, 2.12 lakh consumers from Satara district and 2.63 lakh consumers from Solapur district,” said officials.

The officials added that Taksande discussed this matter with several senior officials and directed them to intensify their drive to ensure recovery. He added that strict action be taken against those who have illegally restored their connections.

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