Nag-Vidarbha Chamber of commerce, the premier organisation representing 13 lakh traders from Vidarbha has urged energy minister of Maharashtra and guardian minister of Nagpur District Dr Nitin Raut to give rebate in power tariff for the period of lockdown.
President of NVCC Aswin Mehadia said lockdown started from March 19 and was extended up to May 31 in phases. In Nagpur , lockdown was effective up to June 4.
During this period , all shops barring those selling essential commodities were closed. Despite this, average bill by MSEDCL. This average bill is higher than expected, he informed.
Though energy minister, earlier had given a promise to provide rebate in power bill, yet he backtracked on his promise.
As it is , all businesses are closed down. To make mater worse, the MSEDCL has sent higher bills on the pretext of sending average bills, Aswin Mehadia informed.
Secretary of NVCC Ramavatar Totla for three months during which the financial equation of all the traders scuttled irreversible.
During this period, though income of traders was nil, yet they had to incur lots of expenses in the form of shop rent, EMIs of banks along with interest in interest, power and telephone bill and daily expenses of families.
In view of this, MSEDCL should charge Rs 100 towards power bill, he further said.