Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVIMUMBAI - G Mohiuddin Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected]­dus­tan­

The Shiv Sena or­ga­nized a mor­cha to MSEDCL of­fice in Vashi on Tues­day to protest against al­leged hiked elec­tric­ity bills be­ing sent to res­i­dents in the city and other MSEDCL is­sues.

The mor­cha was led by Shiv Sena up­zilla pra­mukh Pra­full Mha­tre who was ac­com­pa­nied by se­nior leader Harib­hau Mha­tre, women’s wing leader Ran­jana Shin­tre among oth­ers.

The Shiv Sena said that there have been com­plaints ga­lore of in­flated bills be­ing re­ceived by the res­i­dents in the past few months. This has up­set the res­i­dents and hence the mor­cha was or­ga­nized.

The Shiv Sena par­ty­men ac­com­pa­nied by res­i­dents met MSEDCL Vashi ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer Manohar Munge and pre­sented a mem­o­ran­dum of their de­mands.

Said Mha­tre, “There has been a rise in the il­le­gal elec­tric con­nec­tions in the city. Power thefts have in­creased. There are power cuts sans any prior no­tice and this has be­come a reg­u­lar fea­ture.”

He added, “Con­sumers are be­ing sent highly in­flated bills. Those who are un­able to pay the huge amounts face the con­se­quence of their power con­nec­tion be­ing dis­con­nected.”

Said Mha­tre, “We de­manded that MSEDCL take quick ac­tion on the is­sues raised and re­solve the in­flated bills is­sue at the ear­li­est. Penalty for late pay­ment of such bills should be waived. MSEDCl should en­sure that the bills raised are com­men­su­rate with the power con­sump­tion by the con­sumer.”

De­manded Mha­tre, “Ac­tion should also be taken against the of­fi­cials and per­son­nel re­spon­si­ble for the state of af­fairs.”

Said Shekhar Patil, a con­sumer, “We are mid­dle class res­i­dents and have lim­ited bud­get to spend. Re­ceiv­ing such high bills throws ev­ery­thing out of gear. Our com­plaints are not heeded and we are threat­ened with dis­con­nec­tion. We are first asked to pay and then com­plaint.”

Munge told the del­e­ga­tion that MSEDCL will look into the is­sues raised and that all ef­forts are made to en­sure there are no dis­crep­an­cies in the bills. He in­formed that of­ten the hiked bills are due to the in­crease in the tar­iff.

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