New Delhi: The top-brass of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) on Wednesday strongly advocated the proposed kilo volt amperes per hour (KVAH) billing system for industrial consumers, asserting that the new system will be beneficial for all the stakeholders. The MSEDCL held a special awareness programme for industrial consumers from Aurangabad, during which different aspects of the proposed KVAH billing were introduced. The new system is slated to come into effect from April 2020. “The new electricity meters, which are compatible with KVAH billing, will be distributed to the target consumers during the next five to six months. The consumers from high tension and low tension categories, having power load of 20kW or more, will be brought under the new billing system,” said MSEDCL director (commercial) Satish Chavan. He also addressed different queries raised by industry captains related to the proposed power billing and also related to various current issues. While addressing a separate meeting of MSEDCL employees, Chavan said that the administrative set-up of the state power utility will be restructured shortly. “The existing set-up will undergo reforms in order to offer consumer-centric services. The new set-up will streamline the system and improve work efficiency. The proposed changes will be beneficial to both the employees and the consumers,” he said. Stating that different misconceptions are associated with the proposed administrative changes, Chavan ruled out speculation that the number of staffers will be curtailed in the future. “The proposed administrative structure aims to offer specialized and specific tasks to the workforce as against the existing work method. The new set-up will bring down the work stress of employees,” said Chavan. Over 350 employees from different sections of the MSEDCL attended the meeting. Notably, the workforce attached with six different labour unions, of the MSEDCL, the Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (MSETCL) and Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (MSPGCL) had gone on strike on January 7 to oppose the new administrative set-up. Following the protest, the state industries, energy and labour department brought the duties of the workforce associated with different verticals of the MSEDCL under the Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act 2017 (MESMA) and barred them from going on a strike for a period of the next six months.