Individuals throughout main cities in Maharashtra, together with Bollywood celebrities in Mumbai, had been left shocked by this month’s exorbitant electrical energy invoice and have accused the facility firms of issuing inflated invoices.
The declare has been dismissed by non-public and state-run electrical energy firms, who mentioned the payments had been primarily based on precise meter readings, not like those despatched throughout the coronavirus lockdown when invoice quantities had been primarily based on aggregates of earlier billing cycle – February-March.
Although the state minister for vitality had assured that energy firms weren’t dishonest folks, the Chief Minister’s Workplace in the present day mentioned it has directed energy firms to transparently resolve all complaints.
Taking inventory of the rising variety of shopper complaints associated to exorbitant electrical energy payments, Maharashtra Electrical energy Regulatory Fee (MERC) has directed energy firms to indicate transparency in its billing procedures and redress the buyer complaints instantly.
— CMO Maharashtra (@CMOMaharashtra) June 30, 2020
Actor Taapsee Pannu shared a picture of her energy invoice, which was Rs 36,000, and wrote “Three months of lockdown and I’m wondering what equipment(s) I’ve newly used or purchased within the condo solely final month to have such an insane rise in my electrical energy invoice.” She additionally mentioned that her invoice for the months of April and Could was simply Rs 4,000.
Three months of lockdown and I’m wondering what equipment(s) I’ve newly used or purchased within the condo solely final month to have such an insane rise in my electrical energy invoice. @Adani_Elec_Mum what sort of POWER r u charging us for? pic.twitter.com/jZMMoxDMgj
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) June 28, 2020
The frequent man has additionally voiced their concern over excessive electrical energy payments.
Anand Malepu, who stays in a one room-kitchen unit in Mumbai’s Prabhadevi space, mentioned his invoice this month was Four occasions greater than final month’s.
“I have never used as a lot electrical energy as I did final month. Even when I did, the invoice ought to have been twice as excessive. My Could invoice was Rs 860, however now it has come to Rs 3,420, which is 4 occasions greater,” Mr Malepu mentioned, including that he makes use of a median of 120 items of energy every month.
Rajan Sawant, whose electrical energy is provided by BEST or The Brihanmumbai Electrical Provide and Transport Enterprise, obtained a invoice of Rs 5,190. This, in accordance with him, is once more 4 occasions of what he was billed in April and Could.
“That is an uncommon invoice quantity. So, I request the BEST to let me know what’s the break-up of the invoice and what are the items of consumption,” Mr Sawant mentioned.
All energy suppliers in Mumbai-BEST, Tata Energy, Adani Electrical energy – and the Maharashtra State Electrical energy Distribution Firm Restricted have despatched higher-than-average payments, however mentioned these are usually not inflated.
In keeping with the suppliers, the payments despatched over final three months had been decrease than common as a result of their workers couldn’t learn the meters throughout the lockdown in Mumbai. They mentioned they issued payments primarily based on common consumption for January and February – the winter months when energy consumption is decrease.
However now, firms mentioned, their workers have began the method of studying meters and the payments are being adjusted to replicate true consumption.
In an announcement, Tata Energy mentioned, “Submit Unlock 1.0, we’ve resumed meter studying exercise and payments are being generated primarily based on precise readings. The ultimate invoice is raised after adjusting consumption and invoice quantity as per the estimated payments raised within the interim interval (sic).”
The Maharashtra State Electrical energy Distribution Firm Restricted additionally issued an announcement: “Our meter readers have began visiting residential areas to notice down readings. This may take into consideration the consumption from March to Could. Individuals have been billed much less as no meter readings had been going down throughout this era. Individuals had been charged on a median foundation. However now the invoice shall be greater.”