Until March 2018, there were 2.55 crore power connections on which consumption was 1.09 lakh MU. Now, the connections are 3.19 crore and the consumption reduced by 3.66 per cent to 97.76 thousand MU, he added.
The new regulations have allowed cross border entities to trade on Indian Day Ahead Market on exchanges for the first time.
The legal issue arose after power supply utilities threatened disconnection on bills raised for the first time for power consumed, in some cases, 17 years ago.
The PIL has been filed by an NGO Geeta Devi Yuvak Mandal Society active in the two districts through advocate Aviral Vikas Khare.
The 7km-long underground 22KV power cable stretching from Kalwa sub-station to Ghansoli via Airoli suburban railway station often suffers faults. Each major fault results in a 12-hour power cut.
Camps have been organised and seizure of properties is also being done in various parts of the city to recover the money.
The Power Ministry and the CEA are working on greener options. The new guidelines will be issued shortly.
He said that power is an essential service and its interruption could endanger life, health or personal safety of the general population.
The new regulations are set to benefit state-owned utilities including largest generator NTPC Ltd and Powergrid Corporation (PGCIL) that transmits around a half of the country’s total electricity through its transmission network.
A senior UT official has said that the Centre asks for this progress report on a regular basis and the administration will submit it promptly
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