Paying electricity bill has become easier in Muzaffarpur.
On Thursday, Essel Vidyut Vitaran (Muzaffarpur) Ltd, the distribution franchisee of North Bihar Power Distribution Company Ltd, opened 46 bill collection counters across the town.
Users can now pay bills in their vicinity without queuing up. These are in addition to six Essel collection centres. The move would benefit around 2.5 lakh town consumers and nearly 1,200 from villages of nine blocks. Essel took over power distribution and maintenance work in Muzaffarpur on November 1.
“Essel urges consumers to avail the benefit of the latest facility to avoid delay in paying bills. Bill payments at these outlets can be made at no extra cost,” Rohan Dubey, deputy manager (public relations) of the company said.
The 46 centres are spread across the town and suburban areas — six in the Club Road area, five in Akharaghat Road, four in Pakki Sarai, three each in Aghoria Baazar and Sahwajpur, two each in Saraiyaganj, Zero Mile, Miscot, Motijheel, Purani Bazaar, Islampur, Chaturbhuj Sthan and one each in Banaras Bank Chowk, Bank Road, Deepak Cinema road, Gobarsahi, Gola Road, Goshala Road, Kalyani, Kathipul, Maripur, Station Road and Tilak Maidan Road.
Consumers can also call up Essel helpline (1860 233 0000) to find out their nearest centre or any other information, Dubey said, adding that they had also started sending message, “SMS Blast”, to consumers about their latest outstanding bills along with due date for payment.
In the Assembly, PTI quoted electricity minister Bijendra Kumar Yadav as saying Bihar would be self-sufficent in power by August 2015, with availability of 5,300MW as pledged by the chief minister.