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Impasse over power tariff continues in Maharashtra, Narayan Rane submits report
Tuesday November 19, 2013 3:43 PM, Staff Reporter

Industry Minister Narayan Rane submitted his report to the chief minister on Monday though the stalemate between mill owners and Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) over power tariff still continues.

"Industry Minister Narayan Rane has submitted his report and we will be taking suitable decision in view of this report in a day or two", Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said in Thane while meeting with a delegation of Bhiwandi.

The delegation was led by Bhiwandi MP Suresh Towre and MLA Rashid Tahir Momin. Chavan was in Thane on Monday to visit the victims of the four-storey building that fell Sunday night in Kalwa.

Mill owners in Bhiwandi and other textile centres are protesting since November first week against the recent hike in power tariff by MERC. They claimed that the electricity tariff in Maharashtra is on the higher side if compared with other side. Claiming this they are demanding from the government to revoke the hike in the tariff and provide them electricity on the tariff at par with other states.

With this demand, about eight lakh powerlooms in Bhiwandi and another three lakhs in textile clusters of Maharashtra including Malegaon and Ichalkaranji gave a bandh call. While Bhiwandi is shutdown since November 06, Ichalkaranji is shutdown since November 07 and other textile centres are on strike since November 12.

The National Highway no.3 was also blocked by the weavers of Malegaon on November 13.
Following this the Chief Minister had appointed a committee headed by Industry Minister Narayan Rane and had asked the committee to submit a report and recommendations to resolve the issue.

Meanwhile, efforts are also on to garner support from more and more people for the paidal-march which is announced from Bhiwandi to Mantralay in Mumbai.

The paidal-march announced to press the government to revoke the power tariff hike coincides with the weekly cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

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