BJP has mounted pressure on MSEDCL to withdraw the ‘inflated’ power bills issued in June that have caused widespread discontent among consumers.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has demanded free power up to 200 units per month for domestic consumers on the lines of Delhi and roll back in power tariff hike affected from April.
A delegation of BJP led by city president MLC Pravin Datke met chief engineer Dilip Dodke and submitted a memorandum of demands to him. Datke demanded that the ‘inflated’ June bills should be scrapped immediately, and fresh and corrected ones are issued.
The BJP leaders also demanded that consumers should be given 300 units free of cost for the lockdown period on the lines of states like Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, etc. Their other demands include the abolition of the fuel surcharge and written assurance that consumers would not be disconnected if they are unable to pay astronomical June bills.
Datke has asked citizens not to pay power bills and deposit a photocopy with party corporators, their offices, or BJP’s city office in Mangalam Tower, Ganeshpeth. The party plans to launch an agitation in this regard from June 29.
Earlier, on Thursday, Vidarbha Rajya Andolan Samiti (VRAS) had staged an agitation over high power bills.
Energy minister Nitin Raut has asked MSEDCL to provide installments on June bills but this has neither satisfied his political opponents nor people in general.
Most people are convinced that the cash-strapped state government is overcharging them to fill its coffers. This has caused a major problem for Raut and the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.
Datke had a suggestion for Raut two days ago, which MSEDCL officers say, had the minister followed would have led to a dissipation of public anger.
The opposition MLC had demanded that MSEDCL withdraw the issued bills and instead issue fresh bills that divide the June amount into three and issue them over three months.
AAP activists led by Bhushan Dhakulkar staged an agitation at Gaddigodam demanding free power and roll back in power tariff.
(With inputs from timesofindia)