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Andhra Pradesh: ‘Inflated’ power bill woes: Forum threatens action

Andhra Pradesh: ‘Inflated’ power bill woes: Forum threatens action

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The power bill is calculated on the basis of slabs, each of which has different rates. For consumer whose consumption is less than 100 units, charges for the first 50 units are Rs 2.60 per unit and for 51-100 units it is Rs 2.60

Visakhapatnam: A consumer association in the state has said it will move court if no action is taken on “inflated” power bills for March and April. The association has sent a five-point advisory to chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy.

“For no reasons the two electricity corporations – Andhra Pradesh Eastern Power Distribution Company and Andhra Pradesh Southern Power Distribution Company – are sending inflated bills to the consumers.,” said Vikash Pandey, state president of AP Consumer Rights Organisation.

In May, most consumers received a power bill close to almost three times of what they receive. This is attributed to two reasons. First, electricity companies have levied charges according to a new increased tariff with effect from April 1 and second, the bill was calculated jointly for March and April.

The power bill is calculated on the basis of slabs, each of which has different rates. For consumer whose consumption is less than 100 units, charges for the first 50 units are Rs 2.60 per unit and for 51-100 units it is Rs 2.60.

For a consumer with a per month consumption of around 60 units, the power bill for two months is being calculated or 120 units (instead of 60 units each), with a charge of Rs 2.60 for the first 100 units and Rs 3.60 for next 20 units.

Source: TNN
Anand Gupta Editor - EQ Int'l Media Network

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