Mumbai: Consumers get hefty power bills for vacant premises - EntornoInteligente /

MUMBAI : After Adani Electricity, it is MSEDCL consumers who are complaining of inflated bills . A few have been receiving electricity power bills though their shops or apartments have been unoccupied. Said a Nerul resident, “I have a house in Nerul which was not occupied in May and June, but I got a bill of Rs 2,400 this month. My average billing has been 20 units for the months between December and April. In May, the billing units shot to 101, while it escalated to 146 in June.” Another resident from Kalamboli , Debabrata Chakraborty, who wrote to this newspaper said, “I have got an inflated bill of Rs 42,000 for this month. My last bill amount was nil. I have a small shop at Kalamboli and have paid all dues on time. The shop has been almost closed for the last four months and they should have charged the minimum or standard amount. They are not ready to rectify it either.” Another resident from Kolshet in Thane said she had received a bill of Rs 4,050 though her bills never cross Rs 2,000. “My consumption pattern is the same and I have not installed any extra electrical appliance,” she stated. An MSEDCL official said the hefty bills could be due to usage of electricity or somebody pilfering electricity from the meter using an unauthorised connection. “If it is not either of these, the matter should be immediately brought to the notice of the local MSEDCL office,” the official said. The official further stated one can give a written complaint and get the meter checked by the electricity department staff. “If there is an anomaly, the MSEDCL will issue a fresh bill,” the official assured. Any excess amount will be adjusted in future bills. “The power supply department should have a quick redressal mechanism for inflated bills,” said a consumer rights activist.
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