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Agri consumers now owe state discom `30K cr

DNMUM437577 | 6/12/2019 | Author : Sanjay Jog | WC :322 | Mumbai

Unpaid power bills

The Maharashtra government may have to shell out more to help the cash-strapped electricity distribution company (MahaVitaran) in view of rising arrears from agricultural consumers and also on account of supply to streetlights.
MahaVitaran’s total arrears have increased by 23.44% to Rs 40,278 crore in 2018-19 from Rs 32,627 crore in 2017-18. Of the Rs 40,278 crore, the rise in dues from agriculture consumers alone is Rs 30,199 crore against Rs 24,699 crore including interest which is 22% increase. The arrears from local bodies for electricity supply to streetlights is Rs 4,145 crore against Rs 3,500 crore.
Finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar in Interim Budget 2019-20 has proposed Rs 6,320 crore allocation for power subsidy and i
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