HC asks MSEDCL to resolve complaints of excessive energy payments quickly, Vitality Information, ET EnergyWorld

HC asks MSEDCL to resolve complaints of excessive energy payments quickly, Vitality Information, ET EnergyWorld

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed the Maharashtra State Electrical energy Distribution Firm Ltd (MSEDCL) to provide immediate liste

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HC asks MSEDCL to resolve complaints of high power bills soonMumbai: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed the Maharashtra State Electrical energy Distribution Firm Ltd (MSEDCL) to provide immediate listening to to complaints of excessive power payments and act on them on the earliest. A bench of Justices P B Varale and Milind Jadhav was listening to two public curiosity litigations filed by Mumbai businessman Ravindra Desai and Sangli resident M D Shaikh over excessive electrical energy payments that they had acquired.

Desai, via his lawyer Vishal Saxena, had approached the excessive court docket on June 29, claiming that his electrical energy fees for the earlier month had been “10 occasions greater than his traditional invoice”.

The petitioner had sought reduction from having to pay the invoice until the court docket determined the matter lastly.

Advocate Saxena instructed the court docket that top electrical energy payments in the course of the COVID-19 lockdown would add to the struggling of residents.

Nonetheless, the state’s counsel Deepa Chavan knowledgeable the court docket on Tuesday that the MSEDCL was already trying into folks’s grievances about high power bills and mentioned normally, invoice quantities weren’t faulty.

Owing to the lockdown and as per the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) tips, meter studying had been suspended in March-end and for December, January and February, shoppers had been billed as per common utilization, she mentioned.

When the MSEDCL and different energy distribution firms began precise meter studying in June and launched mixed payments to shoppers, the latter felt these payments had been inflated, Chavan mentioned.

In accordance with Desai’s lawyer, the court docket had identified the petitioner had approached the MSEDCL with a criticism on June 25 and in 4 days, he had filed his plea within the court docket with out ready for a response from the facility firm.

“Due to this fact, the court docket directed us to take our preliminary criticism again to the MSEDCL and requested the facility firm to provide us a immediate listening to and act upon the criticism on the earliest,” advocate Saxena mentioned.

In case of the second plea, 62-year-old Shaikh had sought amongst different issues {that a} high-level fact-finding committee be set as much as probe causes for the elevated energy payments.

Advocate Chavan knowledgeable the court docket that that the MSEDCL already had a “three-tier grievance discussion board” to look into all complaints relating to inflated electrical energy payments.

The bench then requested the petitioner to strategy such a discussion board.

The court docket additionally directed that the MSEDCL and MERC to make sure that residents had been offered hyperlinks for on-line submission and redressal of such grievances in order that they weren’t inconvenienced in the course of the lockdown.



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