Celebrities raise voice as Mumbaikars notice unusual surge in their electricity bills

Chayanika Roy
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Celebrities and Mumbai residents are in shock after a surge in their electricity bills for the month of June. Many share their grievances on social media

People poured discontent against the power giants for sending unusually high power electricity bills due to faulty meter readings. In Mumbai,  MSEDCL (Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company), Adani Electricity, BEST and Tata Power supply power.

MSEDCL is managed by the Government of Maharashtra which supports electricity in adjoining districts. Customers from all cities have complained about the exorbitant electricity bills.

After learning about the concerns of the residents and celebrities, Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackeray tweeted that the complaints of the consumers shall be addressed on an urgent basis.

Clarifying on the issue of high bills, Adani Power said, "We have re-started physical meter reading which was temporarily halted since March because of Covid-19. Bills were generated on the lower side being an average of preceding three months i.e. Dec, Jan & Feb, which are winter months. Actual consumption in the months of Apr, May & June is comparatively higher due to seasonal impact (summer) and increased usage (the advent of lockdown/work from home). Now the consumers will start receiving the bills based on their actual consumption with appropriate tariff slab benefits. The bill amount for the past period shall be accounted for as per MERC guidelines.”

During tough times like these where business and economic activities are at their all-time low, people cannot afford to pay such swelled up electricity charges and this has left both commoners and celebrities upset and concerned.

Take a look at these tweets from angered celebrities:

My normal bill is between Rs 2600-Rs 2800 per month. This bill is Rs 15,800!!!

There is Rs 9,000 added for last month's bill which makes no sense because last month's bill of (Rs 2600)was paid in full

anyone else?

— Faye DSouza (@fayedsouza) June 29, 2020

Anyone else in Mumbai get an electricity bill that is triple what they usually pay?

— Vir Das (@thevirdas) June 27, 2020


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