Taapsee Pannu among many Mumbaikars was shocked to find that her power bill in the month of May amounted to more than ten times the usual amount. The actress took to her Twitter account and called out the power company for an electricity bill worth Rs 36,000. On Thursday, Taapsee shared that after crunching numbers with the details given by the company, she has learned the truth behind the bill amount.
After talking to the power company, Taapsee figured out the bill was legitimate. She tweeted a picture of the calculation she did on a paper during her meeting, "So after an hour-long meeting, crazy amount of numbers n calculations floating around, realised the 'approximate' reading wasn't really THAT approximate. Infact far from it. And sitting n witnessing the day wise report from my meter for the lockdown phase made me realise how unprepared we ALL were to handle this. Third month bill came in with the charges of difference in amount between actual reading and 'approximate' reading of the first 2 months."
Taapsee Pannu's Tweet
In a thread, Taapsee added that the company could have applied a better method. "This made us all flip coz the 'approximation' was done basis winter months n not March- May of 2019(which would've been a better approximation) it's the sudden jerk in the amount in the bill that none of us were prepared for which has hit us really hard. Glad @Adani_Elec_Mum had the patience to clarify every detail and hoping in the future we all will be better prepared and given a better 'approximate' jerk to deal with the reality later."
Taapsee Revealed The Bill Was Accurate
When asked if the bill amounted to the same or if it was reduced, Taapsee replied on Twitter, "No. Result is, it's a cumulative of 3 months n not just 1 month. N if u reach out to them then send an entire break up of how they have come to this amount."
MERC Backed Power Companies For Raising Bills Based On Average Consumption
Several Bollywood starts like Richa Chadha, Kavita Kaushik, Renuka Shahane, Vir Das, Dino Morea and others had called out Adani Electricity for sending inflated bills in June. Adani Electricity, within hours, released a statement explaining that the bills contain the actual reading taken after the relaxation of the lockdown and the total amount payable for the months of March, April and May.
Mahadiscom, Tata Power and BEST were also called out by Mumbaikars for sending hefty electricity bills. However, MERC (Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission) revealed that companies were allowed to raise bills based on average consumption during the lockdown period.