Kharghar residents protest against inflated power bills
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The party’s Kharghar leader Ashok Giramkar demanded through a memorandum that the hiked bills be withdrawn.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He warned that if the bills are not withdrawn within a week, we will organize a massive morcha to MSEDCL office to demand justice.