The electricity bills of BEST were not distributed in the island city for nine days due to non-payment of dues worth more than Rs 40 lakh to the printer. This did not just delay bill payments from consumers, but also impacted the undertaking’s revenue earnings. The BEST earns Rs 7.7 crore a day from bill payments.
The issue came to light on Thursday after senior BEST committee member, Sunil Ganacharya, raised the matter before the administration and demanded that bill printing be restarted at the earliest. “The BEST gets Rs 2,800 crore from the power supply wing, and this means that it earns around Rs 7.7 crore daily from consumers.
It is surprising that despite the good earnings, it has not paid the charges for printing the power bills since May,” Ganacharya pointed out.
The last bill was printed on September 15.