Why did so many BSES customers get ‘inflated’ power bills this August?
The power distribution company is now blaming the year’s unusually hot summer for the increased consumption reflected in the bills.
Only last week, though, it had blamed the removal of the power subsidy.
Furthermore, BSES has claimed that customers of other discoms were equally affected by the ‘problem’.
“Thanks to the exceptional heat wave this year, energy consumption went up drastically. That is reflected in the bills,” BSES chief executive Arun Kanchan told HT on Monday.
Pointing out that power consumption in the city had touched 4500 MW on some days in June and July, BSES said the increased consumption was reflected in the latest bills.
“When the ambient temperature is more, compressor-based appliances use more power even if the usage remains the same,” said Kanchan.
“No discom has been immune to this rise, but only BSES is being targeted.”
BSES also clarified that the latest bill merely reflected two months’ consumption because a ‘technical glitch’ made the previous bills much lower than they ought to have been.
“We have no reason to believe the discom. Their accounts should be audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General,” said Pankaj Aggarwal, general secretary of RWAs Joint Front. “Now that their ploy to pass on inflated bills on the pretext of subsidy removal has fallen flat, they are blaming technical glitches.”
North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL), on the other hand, claimed “roughly 30 per cent” of its customers had actually reduced energy consumption this summer.
The suburbs, which suffered identical heat wave conditions, also did not see such a surge in billing. “There have been 8-10- hour power cuts and we have used our ACs more than ever. But our bills have not risen as much as in Delhi,” said RS Rathi, president of DLF Qutub Enclave RWA in Gurgaon.