Mumbaikars shocked as electricity bills hit the roof, Uddhav orders a relook

Mumbaikars were in for a rude shock when they received their electricity bills this time around. And not just the aam aadmi, celebrities too started feeling he pinch and took to Twitter to air their grievances.

Actor Taapsee Pannu shared her shared electricity bill where she has been charged Rs 36,000.

Electricity bill is also giving sleepless nights to actor Renuka Shahane. Dubbing the bill as arbitrary, Renuka lobbed at the ball at the service provider to answer how her bill jumped form Rs 5510 to Rs 18,080.

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Film producer Tanuj Garg, another Adani Electricity customer, said he too received an inflated power bill for his office, which was shut during the lockdown. “We were surprised to receive some electricity bills for our office during the lockdown, running into a couple of thousands. I don’t think just a running fridge can cost so much,” he said.

Comedian Vir Das too took to social media to vent out his surprise. Journalists too joined the chorus and the aam aadmi likened this to a robbery.

Taking note of the complaints pouring in from all quarters, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has asked power companies to look into the complaints.

“Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has directed power companies to show transparency in its billing procedures and redress the consumer complaints immediately”, tweeted Uddhav Thackeray.

Adani Electricity Mumbai Ltd (AEML) spokesperson in a statement 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 the preceding three months (bills of December, January and February), which are winter months.”

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