AEML consumers to receive refund over inflated electricity bills; committee formed by MERC

The two-person committee consisting of Ajitkumar Jain and Vijay Sonawane who will now inspect the electricity bills between December 10 and January 10

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As a relief for Adani Electricity Mumbai Ltd (AEML) consumers, the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has declared reimbursement for the ones who have received inflated electricity bills. MERC has declared the formation of a two-member committee to probe the case and make a decision. The committee will also prepare a report and will ensure reimbursement with interest.

MERC President Anand Kulkarni announced the formation of the committee at a press conference on Friday. The declaration of the same came after several people complained about inflation of ₹50 to ₹1,000 in their electricity bills in November which led to the political parties criticising the BJP-ruled government.

In addition, the consumers complained to MERC who asked for clarification from the Adani-owned energy plant.

In response, Adani stated that the bills have been charged with 15 per cent extra charge which was used in October. He further explained that the Reliance employees had gone on a strike between August 27 and September 1 due to which nobody read the meter for the time span and a probable adjustment was made in the November electricity bill which led to a sudden spike.

However, MERC has decided to conduct an in-depth investigation and therefore, decided to form the two-person committee consisting of Ajitkumar Jain and Vijay Sonawane who will now inspect the electricity bills between December 10 and January 10.

After which, they will present their report to the regulatory commission. If the inflation is proved to be true, then the consumers will receive a reimbursement with interest.

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