10-fold increase in power bills jolts Kandivli locals | Mumbai News


MUMBAI: A corporator from Kandivli west has taken up the cause of several consumers in her area receiving ‘inflated’ bills of Adani Electricity which, she says, have shot up five to 10 times.
Consumers from areas such as Mahavir Nagar, Dahanukar Wadi and New Link Road in Kandivli West have got bills which have increased from an average Rs 1,000-Rs 1,500 to Rs 7,500- Rs 15,000 lately, pointed out BJP corporator Pratibha Girkar.
Girkar shared with TOI one of the bills a resident of Dahanukar Wadi had got. While his bill for June was Rs 1,700, the average of what he usually received, the bill shot up to Rs 15,940 in July, she stated.
She demanded Adani inquire into the issue and reverse the excess money collected from consumers.
An Adani spokesperson said, “We found some abnormalities in meter readings in Malad and Kandivli areas. One of our meter reading vendors, Rao Electricals, has brought to us erroneous and suppressed meter readings for May and June. The services of vendor were terminated and a new vendor was appointed. Unbilled and, thus, unpaid portion of May and June also got read and billed with billing for July, thus giving consumers a feeling of higher bills.” He said the company will allow such bills to be paid in three interest-free instalments.
A senior energy department official said the issue can be resolved at three levels. “First, officials from Adani’s grievance redressal
cell should consider such complaints on an urgent basis and resolve the issue. Second, the matter can be brought to the notice of Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum after which the complaint can be escalated to the electricity ombudsman,” he stated.
If this doesn’t work, then the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) can step in.In fact, in case of Adani, during the last protest by consumers in 2018, the MERC had taken suo motu cognisance and instituted a three-member inquiry to redress grievances.

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