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Anil Ambani's hospital can't afford Rinfra, switches to Tata Power

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Anil AmbaniFor Anil Ambani, no irony can hit home harder. Weighed down by the high power tariff of Reliance Infrastructure (RInfra), his own group institution Kokilaben Ambani hospital in Versova has switched over to the rival Tata Power Company (TPC) network.Since the swap in January, the hospital is learnt to be saving approximately Rs46 lakh per month. While it was paying RInfra about Rs1.2 crore per month at Rs8.41 per unit, it now pays TPC about Rs79 lakh at Rs5.10 per unit. The hospital consumes roughly 1.5 million units of electricity per month.

"However, we are not happy with the TPC's services," said a senior hospital official. "At an appropriate time, when a uniform tariff structure is introduced, we would definitely shift back to RInfra."

After the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) introduced the switchover protocol last year, 51,000 consumers, including the Mumbai International Airport Ltd, have shifted to the TPC from RInfra, though RInfra has added about 80,000 new consumers.

Power experts say the hospital's switchover to the TPC will add to RInfra's embarrassments. "Rightly or wrongly, RInfra's disagreements with the TPC on power purchase led to the threat of blackouts in the suburbs. Also, use of bad meters was alleged. And now this," an expert said. "The hospital is a jewel in the crown of the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. The switchover could have been prevented if the group had pumped in the tariff difference in RInfra's account."

"The tariff difference between RInfra and the TPC is primarily due to an inequitable allocation of the TPC's capacity," a senior RInfra official said.

Aftab Siddiqui, chairperson of 33rd Road Advanced Locality Management (ALM), said, "At least 30 cooperative housing societies, which have more than 1,000 members had a meeting on Oct 6, where they decided to discontinue the services of RInfra."

Residents have alleged that the power tariff of RInfra has increased considerably . Shiv Malhotra, a resident of Daulat Baug, 36th Road, said, "Bill amounts have been fluctuating a lot. One month, I got a bill of Rs 5,500 while for another month I was dispatched a bill of Rs 13,000."

A senior RInfra official said, "All meters comply withpermissible accuracy range specified in Central Electricity Authority (Installation and Operation of Meters) Regulations 2006 and are of BIS standards. All the electro-mechanical meters are replaced by electronic meters in compliance with the judgment issued by Appellate Tribunal for Electricity and it is mandatory going by CEA directives."


Source- DNA


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