76% online payments for power bills

76% online payments for power bills

NASHIK: Nearly 76% of the payments made by MSEDCL consumers in the past eight months were online, while revenue collection was Rs. 35,453 crore during this period, top officials said. In November, consumers across the state paid bills online to the tune of Rs. 4,636 crore. Of this, consumers in parts of Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai paid Rs. 890 crore while in the Kalyan zone, consumers paid Rs. 583 crore online.

“It is a good recovery of pending bills plus prompt payments by consumers. It has also helped us in using the money for various purposes such as strengthening the infrastructure, procuring more power for consumers at competitive rates and for paying our huge workforce,” said a senior official, adding that Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited managing director Vijay Singhal has directed all staffers to ensure there is maximum recovery.

The consumers having electricity bills below Rs 10,000 can pay their bills on the Mahavitaran website or the Mahavitaran mobile app. It provides the facility of making bill payments, viewing the current or the past bills, receipts, also paying electricity bills of various consumers from one account etc.

“For consumers who pay their electricity bills online, there will be a rebate of 0.25 per cent on their monthly electricity bill. Also, except for credit cards, the online payment from any other option is free,” said MSEDCL chief spokesperson Anil Kamble. He further appealed to consumers to opt for online and cashless payment, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nashik zone ranked fifth

The Nashik zone, consisting of Nashik and Ahmednagar districts, ranked fifth in the state as it has received around 73% of the total bills generated for November through online payment. The zone witnessed payment of Rs. 340 crore which was 73.3% of the total bill generated. MSEDCL public relations officer Vikas Adhe said in terms of percentage of consumers opting for online payment, Aurangabad zone topped the chart with 84.4% — around Rs. 307 crore out of the total Rs. 364 crore bill generated.

It was followed by the Bhandup zone with 84% (Rs. 834 crore) of the bills realized through online payment in November. This was closely followed by the Pune zone (80%) on the fourth spot. The response to online payments is encouraging and increasing as well.

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