May electricity bill in Andhra Pradesh has now become no less than a puzzle while the consumers falling in all slabs low to high are raising concerns. A couple of dharnas were also registered against the electricity department over the inflated power tariff. Upon which the electricity department has decided to write letters to all 1.45 crore consumers in the state to dispel misconception on electricity bills generated for arch and April.
Reiterating that the power bills were not inflated, the state government has taken the decision to give time to consumers to pay their electricity bills of May until June 30. This extension of 45 days will be considered without any penalty or disconnection of service, said Energy Secretary Nagulapalli Srikant.
Appealing to consumers not to believe rumours of excess billing, Srikant said that even as the department was confident and sincere on the electricity bills, it is the responsibility of officials to clear the doubts of consumers. The government has also assured the public that the bill be calculated for monthly despite it occurred for sixty days.
It was learnt that the energy department has calculated the bills based on two tariff orders. While the bill for March was calculated according to the old tariff order, the April bill was calculated according to the new order that decides the slab on a dynamic basis based on consumption.