POWER DISCOMS WILL ACCEPT BILL PAYMENTS IN CASH, INSTALMENTS
Power distribution companies will accept cash payments from consumers for bill dues and new electricity connections, and even allow installments, following a court order aimed at removing hassles for the poor.
Representatives at Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), BSES Rajdhani and BSES Yamuna offices will collect the payments as long as the consumer brings along a copy of the court order, a Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) statement said.
“Cash payments were not accepted as per DERC guidelines and the consumer was asked to get a bank draft prepared. The poor and illiterate thus feel harassed and burdened with this additional condition and many of them choose to make no payment at all,” said additional sessions judge Swarana Kanta Sharma.
The direction came while hearing a case of electricity theft in which a Rohini resident was accused of stealing power.
Often, these distribution companies do not see these consumers, many of them poor and without a bank account, who come to sort out inflated bills, electricity theft allegations and dues.
The judge said consumers cannot be expected to spend a whole day either in court or at the office of the company to pay the bill or get an electricity connection, the right of every citizen.
The court also directed inspection teams of the distribution companies to take the help of local police when going to check meters as consumers often “manhandle the teams or give wrong information” about the house owner.