Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut on Tuesday warned that the state will face blackouts if the MSEDCL (Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd) arrears of Rs 73,879 crore are not recovered. He blamed the previous Devendra Fadnavis-led government for present state of affairs.
The arrears have soared to a record Rs 73,879 crore as on July 2021.
Here is the year-wise break-up:
2014-15 - Rs 23,224 cr
2015-16 - Rs 28,106 cr
2016-17 - Rs 33,449 cr
2017-18 - Rs 49,320 cr
2018-19 - Rs 49,399 cr
2019-20 - Rs 59,833 cr
Arrears to be recovered:
2020-21 - Rs 71,243 cr
2021-22 - Rs 73,879 cr (July 2021)
The arrears to be recovered are mainly from agriculture consumers, public water supply consumers, street lights consumers, etc.
The arrears to be recovered from agriculture consumers are worth Rs 49,575 crore for 2021-22.