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Coronavirus Outbreak: Maharashtra government announces cut in electricity rates

The industrial consumers will get a tariff cut of 10 to 15 per cent while the residential consumers will get a five per cent reduction in their electricity bills, the energy minister said.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Maharashtra government announces cut in electricity rates
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Electricity rates in Maharashtra have been reduced by almost 7 per cent. Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut on Wednesday said that the decision to cut electricity rates has been taken by the state government will help industries and businesses amid the nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

While talking to the reporters via Zoom app, Raut informed that the electricity rates have been reduced by average seven per cent. The industrial consumers will get a tariff cut of 10 to 15 per cent while the residential consumers will get a five per cent reduction in their electricity bills, the energy minister said. 

The industrial, as well as commercial consumers, will not have to pay the fix charges for the next month and the power tariffs of Adani, Tata, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) or Mahavitaran have been reduced. 

The state electricity department was trying to increase the subsidy package for industries in order to boost industrial growth in Marathwada and Vidarbha region. The Maharashtra government has allowed the industries to operate in districts with zero COVID-19 cases or in green zones. 

The minister informed that the domestic power bills will not be generated on the basis of this month’s meter reading but an average of three months will be taken for generation of bills. The power charges for agriculture users were not hiked and no additional charges were added for the users of roof-top solar panels. 

In the view of the coronavirus pandemic, Maharashtra energy minister Nitin Raut announced that the bill for the month of April can be paid till May 31. 

Earlier, Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut demanded the centre to provide a special economic package for the power sector in the wake of the nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. Along with this, he demanded that electricity should be enlisted as an essential commodity.

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