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Consumers cry foul over ‘inflated’ Delhi power bills

According to a Greater Kailash resident Sandeep Anand, his electricity bill during last June was Rs 7,000, but this time he has been sent a bill of Rs 12,000.

People show their electricty bills during a protest against exorbitant power bills issued by MSEDC in Thane. (Photo: PTI)

People show their electricty bills during a protest against exorbitant power bills issued by MSEDC in Thane. (Photo: PTI)

The residents of Delhi are in a state of shock after receiving their power bills this month. The bills have been sent without taking the actual reading of the meters.

According to a Greater Kailash resident Sandeep Anand, his electricity bill during last June was Rs 7,000, but this time he has been sent a bill of Rs 12,000. Hemant Sharma, a resident of Lajpat Nagar, said that his meter shows a reading of 1,835 units but the bill dictates it as 2,100 units.

“While the highest ever peak load of Delhi is only 7409 MW, it’s sad that Delhi DISCOMs are collecting the fixed charges on the total sanction of load of 22,876 MW. Shockingly, even during the lockdown period, while there was no economic activity, they still claimed the same from both the domestic & commercial consumers. DERC as well the government must look into it & must waive all the excessive charges to give a relief to the consumers,” said B S Vohra, East Delhi RWA spokesperson.

“Establishments were non functional and their consumption was bare minimum. Even after relaxation most establishments are not consuming as much power as their sanctioned load. Tenants have vacated or senior citizens who may have high sanctioned load but use lesser power due to children being out are all paying extra Rs 500 to Rs 1,250 as fixed charge. Billing should be on Maximum Demand Indicator and not on sanctioned load,” said Rajiv Kakria, convener, Save Our City Campaign – a collective of RWAs, NGOs & activists.

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