Kharghar res­i­dents protest against in­flated power bills

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KHARGHAR: The high elec­tric­ity bills in the city have up­set res­i­dents lead­ing to mor­chas and protests.

The Peas­ants and Work­ers Party (PWP) led a mor­cha of res­i­dents in Kharghar on Wed­nes­day to protest the bill amounts. The Shiv Sena too staged a rally against the same is­sue on the same day.

The res­i­dents said that their ex­pen­di­ture had gone for a toss owing to the sud­den hiked bills sent to them.

The PWP mem­bers protested out­side Ma­ha­rash­tra State Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany Lim­ited (MSEDCL) divi­sional of­fice in Kharghar.

The party’s Kharghar leader Ashok Gi­ramkar de­manded through a mem­o­ran­dum that the hiked bills be with­drawn.

The Sec­tors 12, 11 and 15 of Kharghar has a high den­sity of res­i­den­tial pop­u­la­tion. Around 95% of the res­i­dents here be­long to the mid­dle class. The res­i­dents of Gharkul, Spaghetti, Vas­tu­vi­har hous­ing so­ci­eties lo­cated in the area usu­ally get monthly elec­tric­ity bills of Rs700 to Rs1,000.

In Novem­ber, they were shocked to re­ceive bills of upto Rs3,000 to Rs 4,000.

Prashant Loke, a lo­cal res­i­dent, said, “On the one hand, we are cop­ing with ris­ing in­fla­tion and on the other, there is this sud­den hike in the elec­tric­ity bill. How are we to man­age our homes?”

“Res­i­dents have been is­sued bills even with­out read­ings be­ing taken. There is no logic to the high bills,” said Gi­ramkar.

He warned that if the bills are not with­drawn within a week, we will or­ga­nize a mas­sive mor­cha to MSEDCL of­fice to de­mand jus­tice.

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