Pune: The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited’s (MSEDCL) Pune zone officials have decided to disconnect power supply of consumers whose bill payment cheques bounce on Saturday.
Officials of MSEDCL Pune division said that a case of cheating will also be filed against consumers who have bill arrears but do not add it to the current bill while issuing cheques.
A company official said that on an average, about 3,500 to 4,000 cheques issued by consumers bounce every month in the Pune zone. At present, the distribution company imposes a fine of Rs 350 on such consumers and disallows bill payment through cheques.
“About 1.70 lakh consumers of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, including Mulshi, Junnar, Ambegaon, Maval and Khed talukas are paying bills via cheques and on average 3,500 to 4,000 cheques bounce for various reasons,” the official further added.
“There are various reasons for the cheques to be dishonoured but we have found that majority of the consumers deliberately make mistakes while writing the cheques so that they are dishonoured. Such mistakes include writing the wrong date, incorrect signature and striking out words written on the cheques. This is done to stall disconnection of the power supply,” the official said, adding that the fine of Rs 350 was not effective in cases where the consumer has huge arrears.
Easy payment options
MSEDCL said various payment facilities are available to enable consumers to pay their bills while sitting at home. “Consumers can pay bills via the Mahadiscom website, through a mobile app or electronic clearance system. At present, about 7.40 lakh consumers in Pune zone are paying bills worth Rs 140 crore through the Internet or mobile apps. Another 2.25 lakh consumers are paying bills worth Rs 20 crore through the electronic clearance system,” the official said.