High electricity bills: Kirit Somaiya and MLC Niranjan Davkhare file petition against MSEDCL

Sakal Times Staff
Thursday, 30 July 2020

Dr Somaiya and MLC Niranjan Davkhare have urged the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission to issue necessary directions to the state government and the state power distribution company to accept these demands.

Mumbai: A petition was filed by former MP Kirit Somaiya and Thane city BJP president Member of Legislative Council (MLC) Niranjan Davkhare before Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) demanding immediate withdrawal of the steep hike by the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited during the lockdown period, that extension of six months for payment of electricity bills during the lockdown period, free power of up to 100 units consumed.

In the petition, Dr Somaiya has drawn the attention of the Commission to the huge electricity bills of many commercial as well as domestic consumers during the lockdown. Many customers have been sent steep bills in the name of average bills. Consumers have been billed for using hundreds of units when the businesses are closed during the lockdown period. Wrong bills have been sent to domestic customers in a similar manner. It is not possible for the common man to pay these huge electricity bills. There have also been cases of power supply has been disconnected due to non-payment of electricity bills.

Dr Somaiya has made further demands to the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission for re-checking of unreasonable electricity bills sent to customers, stay on stopping power supply of consumers who have not paid the high bills, provide free electricity up to 100 units in Corona period and provide power up to 300 units at discounted rates, withdraw the power hike by the State Electricity Distribution Company during the lockdown period and grant six months’ time to pay electricity bills.

Dr Somaiya and MLC Niranjan Davkhare have urged the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission to issue necessary directions to the state government and the state power distribution company to accept these demands.

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