Pune: Direct readings of electricity used for the first time since March due to coronavirus pandemic spread are taken in June. Therefore, the unit number is recorded in June, and the power bill will be according to the consumption of power during the lockdown period. The unit number is being divided by the three months, and the electricity bill is being charged at the appropriate slab rate. The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has appealed to the consumers to believe that not a single penny has been added to it.
Meanwhile, the electricity bills issued in June according to the meter readings are accurate. The electricity bill can only be wrong if there is some mistake in inadvertently taking readings from the meter reader. Experts in the field of electricity have also made it clear that consumers should not be misled into believing that the electricity bill paid by MSEDCL is wrong.
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The average electricity bill for the last three months was sent to the consumers who could not get meter readings available in April and May due to the lockdown. However, the process of meter reading started in June. Therefore, the total number of units of electricity consumed from March to June is recorded in the June electricity bill which could have consumed electricity for a span of 90 days to 97 days. In fact, the number of units is not only for June but also for the period of lockdown. This unit number is divided into three months, and the bills are being levied as per the slab according to the electricity rates before March 31 and after April 1.
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MSEDCL citing the examples claimed that a total of 612 units are recorded in the June bill. Assuming that 204 units have been used for three months, the first 100 units will be charged at 0 to 100 and the second 104 units at 101 to 300 units per slab. The total amount charged is calculated as of April, and May electricity bills have been paid, and the remaining amount is deducted, excluding fixed charges and electricity charges.
However, if the customer does not pay the April or May bill, it is shown as arrears. A complete account of this is available for every customer by logging on to https://billcal.mahadiscom.in/consumerbill/
Speaking to Sakal Times, the MSEDCL officer said, “There should not be any confusion about the electricity bills given by the consumers as per the readings. The number of units has increased due to the lockdown period in April and May, intense summer and increased power consumption as everyone is at home. As the unit bill for the last two months has been paid in June, easy instalments have also been made available to pay the electricity bill.”