The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena
(MNS) Saturday demanded that the report of the two-member fact
finding committee (FFC) appointed by the MERC over the
allegedly inflated power bills of Adani Electricity be made
In a statement issued here, MNS spokesperson Avinash
Abhyankar said the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory
Commission (MERC) should reveal details of the members of the
committee and whether they were related to any private
electricity company or not.
"The MERC has asked Adani Electricity Mumbai Ltd
(AEML) that if its power rates have been over 15 per cent of
the average use, the meters should be checked and excess money
should be refunded with interest. While this order is welcome,
we oppose this figure of 15 per cent. How did the 15 per cent
hike occur and who approved it?" he asked.
Abhyankar said his party will continue to protest
against the AEML until it refunds the excess bill amount to
consumers and withdraws its rate hike.
The MNS spokesperson claimed that the AEML has
attributed the inflated bills to its employees going on strike
from August 27 to September 1.
"The company says it had to resort to average meter
readings for bills as the employees were on strike. There is a
bill cycle and a meter reading cycle. If the strike went on
for four days, calculating the bill amount on an average
consumption basis is a farce," he said.
Local BJP MLA Ashish Shelar had met Chief Minister
Devendra Fadnavis last week to convey people's concerns
over sudden and steep increase in power bills in suburban
Mumbai, where Adani company is the electricity distributor.
On Friday, the MERC had appointed an FFC to look into
the complaints of consumers and ascertain the reasons for
sudden upsurge in consumption and hike in bills of Adani's
consumers in Mumbai.
The MERC had sought explanation from the company
for sudden increase in electricity bills based on media
reports and consumer complaints.
Facing the heat over high electricity bills, AEML
had argued that the increase only reflected seasonal increase
in power consumption in October-November period.
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