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MIM MLA Imtiaz raises issue in Assembly

Maharashtra energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule today announced setting up an enquiry against Empire Mall (Prozone) for evading power bill of Rs 25 crore. He also announced to find out who were the officials in MSEDCL who were protecting the mall.According to the official press release from Aurangabad MLA Imtiaz Jaleel stated that,Mr Bawankule who was responding to Mr Jaleel who had raised the issue in Assembly of evasion of power bill of the mall amounting to Rs 25 crore since July 2015. He raised the issue during the budgetary discussion on power in the state assembly.

Mr Imtiaz showed the notices issued by top officials from maharashtra state electricity distribution company ( MSEDCL) when they had raided the mall at MIDC chikalthana in aurangabad in July 2015 and had found violations in electricity distribution as per The Electricity Act 2003. The flying squad of MSEDCL had found the Empire Mall more popularly known as Prozone Mall was illegally distributing electricity to 262 shops at higher rate thereby violating section 126 of the Electricity Act 2003. A provisional bill of Rs 24.86 crore was issued to the mall in July 2015. Since then some officials of MSEDCL in connivance with the mall had been avoiding collection of the huge amount by deliberately extending the hearing for almost two years.

BMr Imtiaz compalined the House that the power department disconnects electricity of small consumers even if they don't pay bill amounting to Rs 3000 then why such a big mall was being given a special status. He bluntly told the House that some senior officials in Mumbai were responsible for helping the mall in evading the huge payments. He said the minister should clarify if all the notices sent to the mall were bogus and warned that any inaction by MSEDCL would prompt him to go to court. The minister in his reply told Mr Imtiaz to submit whatever documents he is possessing related to the mall through the speaker and assured that a thorough probe would be conducted in this regards,the release added.UNI VKB PS 2223

-- (UNI) -- C-1-1-DL0421-1208869.Xml

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