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Congress hits out at MERC's decision to appoint panel for rising electricity prices

Devdiscourse News Desk mumbai Last Updated at 07-12-2018 20:25:05 IST India

Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam Friday criticised Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission's (MERC) decision to appoint a committee to look into reasons for `increased' electricity bills in the city.

He described it as the MERC's "desperate attempt to douse the public outrage". "MERC can immediately ask Adani Electricity Mumbai Limited (AEML) (the power distributor firm) to withdraw the sudden hike in electricity tariffs," he said.

The regulatory body should have done a comparative study of electricity bills before and after AEML took over the power distribution business from Reliance Energy, he said. "Instead of appointing a two-member fact-finding committee, MERC must allow power experts and members of NGOs working in this field to be part of this committee," he added.

After facing heat over high electricity bills, AEML had argued that the increase only reflected a seasonal increase in power consumption in the October-November period.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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