Res­i­dents get­ting in­flated power bills: Sena work­ers

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VASHI: Shiv Sena work­ers in the city protested against in­flated elec­tric­ity bills and al­leged ar­bi­trary ac­tion by Ma­ha­rash­tra State Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany Lim­ited (MSEDCL) on Wed­nes­day.

In the protest held at the MSEDCL of­fice at Vashi, the party del­e­ga­tion, led by Pra­full Mha­tre, de­manded the ha­rass­ment of the res­i­dents be stopped.

“Sev­eral res­i­dents have re­ceived bills in ex­cess of their reg­u­lar consumption. Some have been charged an av­er­age of Rs2,000 to Rs3,000 as their me­tres are not func­tion­ing,” said Mha­tre.

He said, “A con­sumer, Indu Sharma, has re­ceived a bill of Rs7 lakh and her power con­nec­tion has been dis­con­tin­ued. She has to make the rounds of the MSEDCL of­fices.”

Mha­tre said the party has asked MSEDCL to stop levy­ing hid­den charges on con­sumers.

“MSEDCL should curb power theft. There are in­stances where power con­nec­tions were given in Sec­tor 2, Vashi, on the ba­sis of bo­gus doc­u­ments,” said Mha­tre.

The del­e­ga­tion warned of in­ten­si­fy­ing the ag­i­ta­tion if the is­sues are not re­solved at the ear­li­est.

MSEDCL su­per­in­tend­ing en­gi­neer Chan­drashekhar Mankar said, “Af­ter hear­ing all the stake­hold­ers, Ma­ha­rash­tra Elec­tric­ity Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion (MERC) had or­dered a hike in tar­iff on June

26, 2015. There had been a de­lay in im­ple­ment­ing the hike, so it has been added to the bills in

Novem­ber. Hence­forth, the bills will be lesser.”

“We will look into all the is­sues raised and do our best to re­solve them,” said Mankar.

Those present for the ag­i­ta­tion in­cluded Shiv Sena leader Manohar Gaike and women wing chief Ran­hana Shinde.

Ma­ha­rash­tra Elec­tric­ity Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion (MERC) had or­dered a hike in tar­iff on June 26, 2015. There had been a de­lay in im­ple­ment­ing the hike, so it has been added to the bills in Novem­ber. CHAN­DRASHEKHAR MANKAR, su­per­in­tend­ing en­gi­neer, MSEDCL

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Shiv Sena mem­bers protest out­side the MSEDCL of­fice at Vashi on Wed­nes­day.

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