Unlock 1.0: High power bills irk consumers, celebs take to social media

Noted stand-up comedian Vir Das last week took to Twitter, asking if anyone else has also received an electricity bill which is “triple the usual amount”. There was a stream of replies including, those of many celebrities, all acknowledging high electricity bills. Actress Taapsee Pannu even shared photos of her bill in which she was charged Rs 36,000.

Not just Mumbai, consumers from Delhi, Bengaluru, Noida, Lucknow, Kochi, Chennai and several cities across different states have taken to social media to complain about higher-than-usual electricity charges. These complaints are against both, state and private power distribution companies.

The respective power distribution companies (discoms) have tried to allay the concerns of the consumers by telling them that these are provisional bills, as the meter reading could not happen due to the Covid-induced lockdown.

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