Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has approved an increase in tariff of 2.44 percent for Mahavitaran, while 5.2 percent and 3.92 percent for Rinfra and Tata Power (TPC), respectively.

The new rates will now be applicable from June 1. "Mumbai is an island city faced with a unique situation where it has multiple distribution licensees, RInfra, Tata, and BEST in the same supply area. All three have different cost of supply, consumer mix and consumption mix wheeling charges. Hence, different tariffs for the same category of consumers depending on the licenses areas," MERC said in its order issued late last night.

As per the new tariff structure, Below Poverty Line consumers of Rinfra, TPC and Mahavitaran will have to pay per unit Rs 2.72, Rs 1.41 and 87 paise, respectively.

The fixed costs for all the three utilities for this category has been increased to bring it at par to Rs 10. It has also increased the fixed cost for all the three utilities for consumers using up to 100 units to Rs 50 from the current Rs 40.

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