Uniform tariffs for all residential users?

The state government has proposed uniform power tariffs for the city‘s residential consumersin the 0-300 units bracket across all utilities—BEST, Tata Power, Reliance and MSEDCL.

BEST general manager Jagdish Patil, who on Tuesday informed the undertaking’s committee about the proposal, said: “However, this is subject to the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) approval.”

The state government had convened a meeting of senior officials from all power utilities a few months ago and asked them to consider uniform tariffs for low-end residential consumers (those in the 0-300-unit consumption bracket). If the proposal goes through, power bills of most residential consumers in the city will drop.

Currently, BEST charges Rs 3.93 per unit for up to 100 units. Tata Power (TPC) has the lowest tariff at Rs 2.05 per unit for this category. Reliance Energy charges Rs 4.79 per unit. “BEST could be a median for deciding the final tariff for the 0-100 category, if the proposal is cleared by the MERC,” said Patil.

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