According to Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited’s (MSEDCL) recent data, over 1.3 million power consumers from the Pune zone, which included, household, agriculture, as well as industrial consumers, had pending power bills worth over Rs 18 billion.
Before the lockdown, the pendency was around Rs 11.48 billion. However, after lockdown, it had increased by Rs 7.26 billion more. From March to September 2020, the number of consumers that have not paid the power bills has increased by 462,000. At present, the Pune zone — which includes Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad civic limits, Junnar, Ambegaon, Maval, Khed, Mulshi, and Velhe talukas — has 1.23 million household, commercial, and industrial consumers, and around 122,000 consumers from the agriculture sector. The households and others owe Rs 8.24 billion, while the agriculture consumers owe Rs10.51 billion.