Pune: Around 200 citizens from Baner, Balewadi and Pashan area have complained to Corporator Amol Balwadkar – who is also the head of City Improvement Committee of Pune Municipal Corporation – about inflated power bills from Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) during and after the lockdown period in the city. Balwadkar has in turn asked MSEDCL officials to look into the complaints and revise the power bills if there is any discrepancy in the meter readings and charges levied.
Priyanka Date, a resident of Peony society in Baner said, “We have paid the power bills regularly since March month. Still we have been charged for 600 units in the June month bill issued by the MSEDCL. We are shocked to see such steep power bills being issued despite honestly paying all monthly bills in time. The MSEDCL should look into the matter and reduce the bill amount as per actual consumption.”
Anil Hulsulkar, Assistant Engineer, Baner office, MSEDCL said, “The lockdown was imposed in March month and in April the MERC has hiked the electricity charges. Due to the lockdown restrictions, MSEDCL could not take actual meter readings for issuing power bills to citizens. That is why the power distribution company had asked citizens to use its mobile application to submit their monthly meter readings. Those citizens who had submitted the meter readings in time, were issued accurate bills. But for those who did not submit the meter readings, a bill amount based on average consumption was issued.”
“Later when the lockdown was relaxed, the meter readings of consumers were recorded and revised bills were issued after calculating the difference between actual consumption and average consumption of units. Whoever can pay the amount should do so, and they are being offered a 2 per cent discount if they pay the bill in time. Those who can’t pay the amount at this time, should pay in instalments. MSEDCL will not disconnect the meter connection of any consumer in any case,” Hulsulkar said.