Chinchwad residents irked over extra power charges

ST Correspondent
Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Pune: The residents of Chinchwad are facing problems from past six months, as they are being given exorbitant electricity bills. The citizens claim that they are not getting correct meter readings on their bills. Also, the residents warned Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDCL) to correct the bills, otherwise they will be forced to agitate.

Pune: The residents of Chinchwad are facing problems from past six months, as they are being given exorbitant electricity bills. The citizens claim that they are not getting correct meter readings on their bills. Also, the residents warned Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDCL) to correct the bills, otherwise they will be forced to agitate.

“We are receiving bills, which are not as per the readings of the electricity meter. All electricity bills are falsely generated and this has been happening for the past six months. We have approached the MSEDCL office in Chinchwad but no one is paying heed to our pleas even after filing an online complaint. Most of the residents have already paid the bills,” said Santaji Mulik, a resident of Queens Town of Chinchwad.

The residents of Queens Town Housing Society, where as many as 750 people are residing, are receiving bill amounts of Rs 15,000 to 20,000.

“The officials are not considering the complaints from several months even after back to back complaints from the residents. We have asked the officials to change the meters, as we are receiving Rs 15,000-17,000 bill amount every month,” said Deepak Modhwe Patil, Small Scale Association Consultant.

The MSEDCL official said that they have asked the residents not to panic and the matter has been forwarded to the executive engineer.

“We have received some complainants about residents being charged with high electricity bill amount. We have asked the local office to correct all the bills and send them fresh bills,” said a senior engineer of MSEDCL. We have already forwarded the matter to the executive engineer, he further added.

Why the extravagant bills?
Consumers like Dipak Modhwe Patil, Mallinath Kalshetti and others have been getting extravagant bills for the same number of units for almost a year. Even after multiple complaints filed by them with the Mahavitaran officials, they have been ignored. On visiting the office to file a complaint, Mahavitaran employees were sent to disconnect their electricity supplies. 

The Small Scale Industry Association Consultant Dipak Patil has demanded that there should be firm action against the errant officials. 

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