Res­i­dents flock to pay their elec­tric­ity bills on­line

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: The Ma­ha­rash­tra State Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany (MSEDCL) has col­lected about Rs1,900 crore in elec­tric­ity bills from 1.23 crore con­sumers in 2012-13 aided largely by its on­line bill pay­ment facil- ity. Of this, the sec­ond largest col­lec­tion came from Vashi di­vi­sion which col­lected Rs39.82 crore.

The sin­gle largest col­lec­tion of elec­tric­ity tar­iffs of Rs275 crore was from Bhandup. This, ac­cord­ing to MSEDCL of­fi­cers, was a di­rect re­sult of the ease the tech­nol­ogy-based ini­tia­tives such as pay­ment of bills on­line, in­stalla- tion of Any Time Pay­ment (ATP) ma­chines and pay­ment of bills through Short Mes­sage Ser­vice ( SMS) were in­tro­duced. The Vashi di­vi­sion col­lected Rs 39.82 crore from 34,529 con­sumers while the Panvel di­vi­sion made a record col­lec­tion of Rs34.18 crore from 51,945 con­sumers; the Nerul di­vi­sion col­lected Rs37.88 crore from 40,222 con­sumers.

The suc­cess­ful col­lec­tion shows that the e-billing sys­tem has picked up very well among cus­tomers who pre­fer to pay their bills in a has­sle free-way. More­over, cus­tomers were fur­ther in­cen­tivised to use the fa­cil­ity af­ter MSEDCL’s re­tracted the ad­di­tional 2% charge for the fa­cil­ity.

To pay e-bills, cus­tomers have to reg­is­ter on www. ma­hadis­com.in and click on the ‘go green’ op­tion and fill in re­spec­tive de­tails to pay their bills.For the SMS ser­vice the con­sumers have to reg­is­ter their mo­bile num­ber there­after they can pay bills by send­ing credit card de­tails.

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