Pune: The residents of Kondhwa are paying extra electricity bill due to faulty meters for the last five months. The residents claim they have complained many times to Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) Pulgate office, but none of the officials are listening to them and say that it will be managed in the next month's bill.
Ali Reza, a resident of Brahma Majestic, Kondhwa, received the electricity bill of more than 30,000 units. He is paying an average of Rs 16,000 per month. When he approached the office, the officials told him it will be managed next month, but again he received the same amount of bill.
“I live in a rented flat. Before May, I was getting the accurate electricity bill, but in May I received a bill of 31,111 unit in one month. I was forced to pay Rs 16,000 in June. I complained to the Pulgate office and they said that it will be adjusted in June's bill. But the situation was same in that month. I paid Rs 16,000 for that month again. This was a huge amount and it has thrown my monthly budget off track. If I pay late, they cut my electricity and again I have to go to the office and plead with them,” said Ali.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Sundhar Latpate, Superintendent Engineer of MSEDCL, Rasta Peth Circle, said, “I don't know about the actual problem. If the consumer directly comes to my office, I will definitely try to solve the problem.”
Another resident of the society told Sakal Times, on condition of anonymity, “I am also facing the same situation. I am paying Rs 15,000 average bill every month since February. The officials are not solving our problem and they are busy in their own work. No one is listening to us.”
Vivek Velankar, an activist, said, "MSEDCL has no control over the private agencies who operate the meter reading system. MSEDCL claims that the agencies are responsible for giving accurate meter readings to consumers. But the actual responsibility is with MSEDCL and they have to look into the matter.”