NASHIK: A state-level coordination committee of industrial associations and power consumers on Monday urged the state government for performance and energy audits of its power companies — Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Ltd (MSPGCL) and Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL).
The committee urged the government to take efforts to make its power companies efficient by increasing the power generation productivity and reducing leakages in power distribution. Moreover, the associations have decided to stage demonstrations in front of the offices of the MSEDCL across all districts in the state on March 3.
Pratap Hogade, convenor of the state coordination committee and president of Maharashtra Vij Grahak Sanghatana, said, “The power tariff in Maharashtra has doubled during the last three years. The tariff for industries has reached Rs 8.5 per unit, while it is Rs 6.05 per unit for domestic use (for use above 100 units) due to huge deficit in revenue which is up to Rs 9,296 crore in the last two years (2011-12 and 2012-13). The losses suffered by the power companies are being shifted to the consumers.”
“The total power generation capacity of MSPGCL in the state is 7,652 MW. However, the MSPGCL is utilizing only 48% of the total installed capacity. As per the norms, the power generation utilization should be 85% of the total capacity. This is increasing the productivity cost, thereby leading to hike in power tariff,” he said.
“Hence, performance audit of the power generation company should be conducted. Besides, use of water pumps by the farmers has been shown as double up to 23,000 million units in the state. In fact, actual use by farmers is 12,000 million units only. It means that up to 15% power leakage is being hidden. Therefore, verification of water pumps of farmers across the state should be conducted,” he said.
Hogade said the state government has also proposed tariff hike from the next fiscal (2014-15). “Besides, the power concession announced by the state government recently is for the proposed hike and not for the hike during the past six months from August 2013 to January 2014. Hence, we have decided to stage demonstrations in front of the offices of the MSEDCL across the state on March 3. Moreover, the memorandum seeking performance and energy audits of the state power companies is to be submitted to the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) in the next two days,” he added.
The meeting was attended by around 150 representatives of various power and industrial associations across 17 districts in the state.