Guwahati: This month, the astronomical charges on electricity have left Mumbaikars in disbelief. Tapsee Pannu, Renuka Shahane, among others, jumped into the debate that has been raging in Mumbai and adjoining districts about people receiving high electricity bills.
"What are these new electricity rates ?? @Adani_Elec_Mum Last month I paid 6k .. and this month 50 k ????!!! What is this new price surge ?? Kindly enlighten us" actress Huma Qureshi complained on Twitter.
What are these new electricity rates ?? @Adani_Elec_Mum Last month I paid 6k .. and this month 50 k ????!!! What is this new price surge ?? Kindly enlighten us— Huma S Qureshi (@humasqureshi) June 29, 2020
Bollywood actor TapseePannu tweeted saying, "3 months of lockdown and I wonder what appliance(s) I have newly used or bought in the apartment only last month to have such an insane rise in my electricity bill. @Adani_Elec_Mum what kind of POWER r u charging us for?" She posted this tweet alongside her June bill, which was Rs 36,000. Along with it, she posted the bill of April and May (Rs 4,390 and 3,850).
"Dear @Adani_Elec_Mum I got a bill of Rs 5,510 on the 9th of May while in June I got a bill of Rs 29,700 combining May & June where you've charged me Rs 18,080 for the month of May. How did Rs 5,510 become Rs18,080 ?", actor Renuka Shahane questioned in a tweet.
"On an avarage my electricity bill is never more than Rs 3,500; this month they have sent me a bill for Rs 13,580 did I forget to switch something off?", Earlier, Tushar Gandhi queried. The high electricity bills have become a cause for concern for celebrities and common citizens alike, who live in the metro and its nearby areas.
Adani, Tata and BEST supply power in Mumbai. Mahavitaran or Mahadiscom or Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd. (MSEDCL), which is a public sector undertaking controlled by the Government, supports electricity in neighbouring districts. This time, customers from all cities have reported high billing.
Clarifying on the issue of high bills, Adani Power said, "We have re-started physical meter reading which was temporarily halted since March because of Covid-19. Bills were generated on the lower side being an average of preceding three months i.e. Dec, Jan & Feb, which are winter months. Actual consumption in the months of Apr, May & June is comparatively higher due to seasonal impact (summer) and increased usage (advent of lockdown/work from home). Now the consumers will start receiving the bills based on their actual consumption with appropriate tariff slab benefits. The bill amount for the past period shall be accounted for as per MERC guidelines."