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Kerala: PIL filed against high power bills

Kerala: PIL filed against high power bills

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A PIL has been filed before the high court questioning the exorbitant bills issued by Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) to its domestic consumers for the lockdown period.

KOCHI: A PIL has been filed before the high court questioning the exorbitant bills issued by Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) to its domestic consumers for the lockdown period.
The PIL was filed by Vinay Kumar MC of Thrikkalathoor in Muvattupuzha through advocate Mathew A Kuzhalnadan. The PIL seeks a court directive to KSEB to introduce a monthly billing system as well as to take average consumption as consumption during the months of March, April, and May and spread the rest over the following months.

It is alleged in the PIL that the bi-monthly billing system is forcing consumers to pay more when compared to a monthly billing system. As per the fixed slab rates for energy charges, a consumer who used up to 250 units of electricity in a month is entitled to be billed at a telescopic rate. Non-telescopic rates are applicable for those who use more than 250 units in a month. In issuing bi-monthly bills, KSEB used to take average of total consumption up to the reading date in order to fix usage for a month. The said formula used by KSEB for bi-monthly billing is forcing consumers to pay more amounts when compared to monthly-billing system, the PIL said.

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