Mumbai: Refusing to admit that there is load-shedding in Maharashtra, Deputy Chief Minister and Power Minister Ajit Pawar said Thursday that power is cut off to some places as electricity bills are not paid regularly.
He informed the House that the state has surplus power during night time.
"However, when we ask neighbouring states to buy power from us, they say that they cannot pay for it. We made the state free of load-shedding in December 2012," he said.
He said that power is not cut off during festival seasons, but power is not to some areas, bills are not paid.
"We have to absorb almost 50 per cent loss from consumers in `A`,`B` and `C` categories. There should be discipline among people to pay their bills regularly," Pawar told the House in reply to a question.
Replying to another question by BJP MLC and Leader of the Opposition Vinod Tawde, he said that he is ready for a probe if there is corruption in MAHAGENCO as alleged by Tawde.
"I am ready to probe the matter. If there is corruption, you can select an IAS officer of the ranks of secretary, principal secretary and additional chief secretary," Pawar said.
Tawde alleged that despite Rs 19,672 crore being spent by MAHAGENCO on 13 atomic power projects since 2004 to 2012, the expected 5730 mega watts of power could not be produced. He also alleged corruption in MAHAGENCO.
"Is the government ready for a judicial probe," he questioned, raising suspicion that officers from the department may favour the government.
Pawar retorted by saying that there are also some good officers in the government, leading to noisy scenes in the House.