Taapsee Pannu, Huma Qureshi And Other Celebrities Are In Shock With Their Inflated Electricity Bills.
Having always lived a rather privileged and pampered life, where I didn’t have to be concerned with paying bills or contributing much to the family in terms of finances, I had to learn a lot when I finally moved out. Like, why it was important to listen to my parents every time they asked me to switch the lights and fans off when I left the room. Or how leaving the geyser on all day, or running the AC relentlessly wasn’t just going to drown my bank account in electricity bills but also waste resources. All of which finally made sense to me when I was living alone and liable for my own expenses, after which I never let the power running extra for even a minute.
Which is perhaps why when recently, many people including some Bollywood celebrities, spoke about the impossible electricity bills that they have received, I could relate to the horror at quite a personal level. You see, nothing scares you more than seeing an electricity bill that is almost triple of what you pay normally (especially since you didn’t also leave the AC on for a month) and that too during the time of a lockdown, when money hasn’t been filling up in our accounts.
A matter that garnered quite some attention after Thappad actress Taapsee Pannu tweeted about how she’s received an inflated electricity bill all of a sudden, which has suddenly jumped to a whopping 36 thousand rupees.
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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
And this one is for an apartment where no one stays n it’s only visited once in a week for cleaning purpose @Adani_Elec_Mum I am now worried if someone is actually using the apartment without our knowledge and you have helped us uncover the reality 🤷🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/GeBQUSJaft
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) June 28, 2020
And turns out, she wasn’t the only one who received such electrifying news. A lot of other celebrities have also been charged triple of what they say and, excuse the pun but I had to do it, they are in shock. From Huma Qureshi to Vir Das to Dino Morea, a bunch of people have tweeted about the shocking new charges for electricity.
Ranvir Shorey also commented on the matter, called it a scam and wrote, “The 21st century, a free market and a pandemic are apparently not enough for us to still be held to ransom by electric power companies like @Adani_Elec_Mum #scam.” And honestly, it does feel exactly like that.
What are these new electricity rates ?? @Adani_Elec_Mum Last month I paid 6k .. and this month 50 k ????!!! What is this new price surge ?? Kindly enlighten us
— Huma S Qureshi (@humasqureshi) June 29, 2020
Anyone else in Mumbai get an electricity bill that is triple what they usually pay?
— Vir Das (@thevirdas) June 27, 2020
— Dino Morea (@DinoMorea9) June 28, 2020
Dear @Adani_Elec_Mum I got a bill of Rs5510/= on the 9th of May while in June I got a bill of Rs 29,700 combining May & June where you've charged me Rs 18080 for the month of May. How did Rs.5510/= become Rs.18080/=? pic.twitter.com/64zlmNe8Qo
— Renuka Shahane (@renukash) June 28, 2020
— Ranvir Shorey (@RanvirShorey) June 29, 2020
The company later reverted to the actress Taapsee Pannu and said, “We have re-started physical meter reading which was temporarily halted since March because of COVID-19. Bills were generated on the lower side, being an average of preceding three months Â– 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).”
They further mentioned, “The bill amount for the past period shall be accounted as per Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) guidelines. The consumers will start receiving the bills based on their actual consumption with appropriate tariff slab benefits.” Whether or not that would mean more normal bills to be re-generated, we don’t yet know, but for now it’s good to know that the matter is being looked into!