While the salary cuts, unemployment, hiking prices are suffocating the middle and below class in Telangana, electricity bills that are reading thousands have come as a new headache to domestic consumers. In the wake of rumours that Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Limited(TSSPDCL) would wave off the current bills during the lockdown crisis, power bills for the month of June generated three times more than the usual bill left the consumers in utter shock.
Over which the official Twitter handle of TSSPDCL flooded with complaints from across the state. While a Medchal consumer living in a single bedroom flat who usually gets not more than Rs 1,500 every month, was charged Rs 48,900, several such consumers were left puzzled.
On the other hand, Discom (Distribution company) claims to calculate the bill for the first time after three months of lockdown and the cumulative meter reading was said to be taken for the months of March, April and May, payable now without any exemption. Due to lockdown, increase in consumption which in turn changed the tariff slabs is another reason quoted by the discoms over the hike in bills.
However, the consumers raised concerns as the people who paid off the bills for the months of March and April as well got their bills more than Rs 10,000. “TSSPDCL is looting money from the customers not sparing even the lower middle class. We demand to reduce the paid units and revise the current bill,” lashed out an anguished consumer.