Residents getting inflated power bills: Sena workers
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
Shiv Sena members protest outside the MSEDCL office at Vashi on Wednesday.