May 19, 2009 2:16:38 am
Despite paying their electricity bills regularly,the Maharashtra Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) has compelled the residents of Anand Apartments in Chinchwadgaon to shell out extra money for the allegedly slow electricity meters.
Some of the residents of this housing society have come forward alleging that the MSEDCL has imposed a backdated fine on them without furnishing any appropriate reason as well as calculations for that.
The residents,who include D K Shinde,Uttam Kharat,Somnath Badade,Arvind Naik,Ashok Shingate,Shisumal Chopada,live at Anand Apartment,on survey number 171 behind Hindustan Bakery in Chinchwad.
They have written a letter to the Pimpri executive manager of MSEDCL requesting him to withdraw this extra amount imposed on them. We have paid our monthly bills regularly and there is no amount pending. However,despite that,some MSEDCL employees conducted a check with a machine in our apartment recently and imposed a fine on us saying that the meters are slow. Some of us have even paid the amount fearing they would disconnect our power. The calculated amount ranged anywhere between Rs 3,000 and Rs 7,000.
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These residents also approached president of Sajag Nagrik Manch Vivek Velankar,who said,The MSEDCL staff is attempting to show its efforts by wrongly implicating people. Especially,this staff is misusing the provisions under section 126 of the Electricity Act 2003.
He further clarified,If the electricity meter of a consumer is found out to be functioning in a faulty manner (without the seal being broken),then the power utility could correct the bills in the last three months. Therefore,it is wrong to charge money from people in a backdated manner for the last two years. Similarly,it is also improper to threaten the residents pay up the amount quickly or else their power would be disconnected. On the contrary,it is the responsibility of MSEDCL to carry out the light-meter checks at its own expenses every five years,which we do not see happening. The residents as well as Velankar have sought explanation from the MSEDCL authorities in this regard.
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