The Maharashtra Electricity Regulation Commission (MERC) on Tuesday, 4 December, took cognisance of the media reports highlighting an excessive hike in electricity bills in Mumbai, after business tycoon Gautam Adani’s Adani Electricity Mumbai Limited (Distribution Business) [AEML-D] took over power-distribution from Reliance Infrastructure (RInfra), and demanded an explanation from the former within 24 hours.
In response to the complaints, an AEML-D spokesperson told The Quint that the hike had “no correlation with Adani taking over” or the distribution, and that its tariff rates were approved by state power regulator Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC).
However, in a notice accessed by The Quint, the MERC said it had taken note of the consumers’ grievances regarding the surge in electricity bill prices, which was not “commensurate” with the marginal hike in the tariff that had been approved by the Commission. Read More
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