Many Bollywood celebrities seemed to have had the time to look at their electricity bills this weekend. From Tapsee Pannu to Renuka Sahane, many pointed out and jumped into the debate that has been raging in Mumbai and adjoining districts about people receiving unbelievable electricity bills for this month.

Bollywood actor Tapsee Pannu tweeted saying, “3 months of lockdown and I wonder what appliance(s) I have newly used or bought in the apartment only last month to have such an insane rise in my electricity bill. @Adani_Elec_Mum what kind of POWER r u charging us for?”

She posted a photo of her June bill which was Rs 36,000. Along with it, she posted photos of two other bills that she had received for April and May which were Rs 4,390 and Rs 3,850 respectively.

Similarly, actor Renuka Shahane said in a tweet, “Dear @Adani_Elec_Mum I got a bill of Rs 5,510 on the 9th of May while in June I got a bill of Rs 29,700 combining May & June where you’ve charged me Rs 18,080 for the month of May. How did Rs 5,510 become Rs 18,080 ?” Shahane posted a photo of her bill as well.

Earlier, Tushar Gandhi too had tweeted saying, “On an avarage my electricity bill is never more than Rs 3,500 this month they have sent me a bill for Rs 13,580 did I forget to switch something off?”

Similarly, many people have been raising their voices against the exorbitant power bills.

Pradeep Agrawal is the sole bread winner for his family of four which lives in a 2BHK apartment in the neighbouring Thane district.

He lives on rent for which he shells out Rs 16,000 but this month he got an electricity bill of Rs 17,000. “Every month on an average I used to pay between Rs 2,000 to 2,500 for electricity. I paid bill during lockdown. I have no idea why I have received such a high bill. I am in shock,” Pradeep said.

Similarly, Sonal Mohobia who has been paying a heavy EMI for a 2.5BHK flat is extremely upset. Between four adults and two kids, there is only one bread winner whose business has suffered a lot during lockdown. To rub salt on their wounds, the family received an electricity bill of Rs 11,696.

Mohobia said, “Every month on an average the electricity bill used to be bewteen Rs 2,500 to 3,000 maximum but this time I got bill of Rs 11,696. Because of lockdown, our source of income was limited and now this electricity bill. How do we pay?”

In Mumbai, there are Adani, Tata and BEST that supply power. There is also Mahavitaran or Mahadiscom or Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd. (MSEDCL) which is a public sector undertaking controlled by the Government of Maharashtra which support electricity in neighbouring districts. Customers from all cities have received the exorbitant power bills.

Clarifying on the issue of high bills, Adani Power said, “We have re-started physical meter reading which was temporarily halted since March because of Covid-19. Bills were generated on lower side being an average of preceding three months i.e. Dec, Jan & Feb, which are winter months. Actual consumption in the months of Apr, May & June is comparatively higher due to seasonal impact (summer) and increased usage (advent of lockdown/work from home). Now the consumers will start receiving the bills based on their actual consumption with appropriate tariff slab benefits. The bill amount for the past period shall be accounted as per MERC guidelines.”

Meanwhile, State Energy Minister Nitin Raut while referring to the 2.30 crore electricity consumers of MSEDCL said, “There is no cheating. In fact, MSEDCL too has suffered loss of approximately 3,500 in absence of physical reading. People can check their bills online and avail to pay in installments. They don’t have to pay in lumpsum. We will not cut power supply.”

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