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Firm steps to end energy woes
DM brokers peace to stop bill agitation

District magistrate Anupam Kumar on Tuesday restrained Essel Vidyut Vitaran (Muzaffarpur) Limited from serving exaggerated bills to power consumers here.

Kumar also ordered imme-diate cancellation of average bills being served to the consumers on the ground of “non-availability of date of bills”.

More than 10,000 consumers are being sent bills for 300 units of power consumed for December 2013. The Lok Janshakti Party and Muzaffarpur Sangharsh Morcha have called a Muzaffarpur bandh on Wednesday to protest against the arbitrary functioning of the distribution franchisee.

Gauging the agitation, Kumar said he had summoned officials of the power franchisee and expressed displeasure over serving bills on the basis of average consumption of 300 units. He added that no consumer would be served bills without noting the meter reading. The consumers should be provided with genuine bills on the basis of meter reading every month, he said.

He also told the Essel officials for replacing burnt transformers, electricity poles and damaged cable wires among others during night as consumers face problems in daytime.

Essel Vidyut Vitaran (Muzaffarpur) Limited deputy general manager and PRO Rohan Dubey admitted that Kumar had intervened and ordered cancellation of average bills. “There were some unrest among the users about the bills and subsequent irregularities in it,” he said.

The Essel Vidyut Vitaran (Muzaffarpur) Limited has withdrawn the average bills of 300 units with immediate effect following Kumar’s directives. Essel was in a tight spot as it had no option but to send bills of average 300 units on the basis of past units consumed by the users, as there was no data of 70,000 power consumers with it. PRO Dubey said the anomalies in the bills would be rectified by February 15.

Former MLA and LJP leader Vijendra Choudhary said the Muzaffarpur bandh call given by the party would be peaceful. “Essel Vidyut Vitaran (Muzaffarpur) Limited has started fleecing the gullible consumers by sending them inflated bills,” he said.

UNIT FACTOR

Problem: Essel Vidyut Vitaran (Muzaffarpur) Limited sent power bills on an average calculation of 300 units, as it has no data of the past consumption of users

Agitation: Local LJP leaders have called 24-hour bandh in the north Bihar town on Wednesday

Solution: The power distribution franchisee has started meter reading on war footing