After Taapsee Pannu lambasted a Mumbai electricity provider after receiving an ‘insane’ electricity bill in the coronavirus-infused lockdown period, the power-provider company has issued an extended clarification in the wake of the bizarre incident on Sunday. Taapsee was left baffled by her recent electricity bill as the Thappad actress was charged a whopping sum of Rs 57,000 by the Mumbai electricity provider in the lockdown phase.
As Taapsee was charged with a hefty amount of money by her electricity provider, the diva took to Twitter to address the same on Sunday. Astounded by the insane bill, the actress raised a complaint on the microblogging site as she asked the service provider to explain ‘what kind of power’ they have charged the actress for in the latest electricity bill.
After receiving complaints from numerous consumers including Taapsee, the electricity board has reportedly issued a clarification and said that they have re-started physical meter reading which was temporarily halted since March because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The entire nation was brought to a grinding halt when the deadly coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in March this year.
3 months of lockdown and I wonder what appliance(s) I have newly used or bought in the apartment only last month to have such an insane rise in my electricity bill. @Adani_Elec_Mum what kind of POWER r u charging us for? pic.twitter.com/jZMMoxDMgj
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) June 28, 2020
“Bills were generated on the lower side, being an average of preceding three months – that is, December, January and February, which are winter months. Actual consumption in the months of April, May and June is comparatively higher due to seasonal impact (summer) and increased usage (advent of Lockdown/WfH),” a spokesperson of the company was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.
According to the agency report, the company spokesperson said that the bill amount for the past period shall be accounted as per the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) guidelines. Thus, the consumers will now receive the bills based on their actual consumption with appropriate tariff slab benefits.
Earlier, Taapsee had expressed shock after she witnessed an ‘insane rise’ in her electricity bill during the lockdown. “3 months of lockdown and I wonder what appliance(s) I have newly used or bought in the apartment only last month to have such an insane rise in my electricity bill @Adani_Elec_Mum. What kind of POWER are you charging us for,” Taapsee had questioned the company in her tweet.