The Gujarat government has asked electricity distribution companies to ensure that the bill payment due date for March-April for consumers be extended upto May 30. This is being done to help ease the burden on consumers who are facing economic losses due to the lockdown.
The government has also announced relief for small and medium traders and industries for the electricity bill for March-April. This section will be exempt from paying the fixed charges on their electricity bills. Earlier, the government had decided to give the exemption only to those units that had remained closed during the lockdown. The relaxation in fixed charges are applicable to units whose average consumption for the period is 50% less than the average use recorded for the three months prior to the lockdown.
This exemption, however, will not be applicable to banks, telecom companies, petroleum complex refineries, dairies and hospitals. Private hospitals that have remained shut during the lockdown and whose average consumption during the period is 50% less than the average three month consumption prior to the lockdown have also been granted the exemption from fixed charges.