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PTI mumbai Last Updated at 08-12-2018 19:47:42 IST India

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

public.

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.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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