Three months back, when state power watchdog held hearings on issues related to puffed up power bills suburban consumers have been receiving, none of the political leaders bothered to show up. Now that general elections are around the corner, and outcry over inflated bills is making headlines, the people’s representatives are crying hoarse on behalf of the aggrieved consumer.
Activists and experts who attended the meetigs say that in August and September, the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission invited the public, their representatives and power experts to question the hike sought by power companies Reliance Infrastructure (now taken over by Adani Electricity), Tata Power, BEST and MSEDCL. But the netas were a no-show.
“There were notices in newspapers for people to come forth with objections. Now, only after public outcry, the political parties have taken notice,” said Pratap Hogade, president, Maharashtra State Power Consumers Association. Read More