HC questions govt over calculation of electricity bill during lockdown

Chennai: The Madras High Court today sought an explanation from the Tamilnadu government on how electricity bills are being calculated during the Covid-19 induced lockdown period.

The court has directed the TANGEDCO, the state-owned power generation and distribution company, to give a written explanation in this regard.

It is to be noted that there were allegations of exorbitant electricity charges being levied on consumers. Even celebrities fumed over it.

TANGEDCO officials said that there are no discrepancies in the electricity bill reading. The electricity board recently submitted the clarification at the Madras High Court.

The response was given to a public interest litigation petition against the methodology adopted by the TANGEDCO to collect power consumption charges for the period during which field workers could not record meter readings due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

Justices R Subbiah and Krishnan Ramasamy took up the case, filed by M.L. Ravi of Desiya Makkal Sakthi Katchi. According to the litigant, power consumption charges were collected on a bi-monthly basis in the State.

The charges were calculated based on different slabs for those who consume below 100 units, 101 to 200 units, 201 to 500 units, and above 500 units. While the State government provided full subsidy for the first 100 units to all consumers, every unit consumed beyond that was charged at different rates for those falling under different slabs.

 

NT Bureau