Angry at "forcible change of meters" and "inflated electricity bills", residents here performed the terahvi (an after-death ritual) of the power distribution company on Wednesday.
During the symbolic protest, the residents garlanded electricity bills, and later conducted prayers. The protesting people alleged that the private discom had been forcing chan-ge of meters. Also, there were complaints of inflated bills.
The demonstration was held under the aegis of Machrai Development Committee (MDC). The agitation against ESSEL power distribution company has been gaining pace of late. On Thursday also, a protest has been called.
MDC office-bearer Jitendra Rohan said that ever since the company began its operation in Sagar, the citizens had been suffering. Additional charges were being extracted in the name of changing meters, but there was no one to listen to their grievances, he alleged, adding that their agitation would continue until the company’s contract was terminated.
BJP MLA Shailendra Jain said the party workers would be participating in the agitation. "Previously our signature campaign has got tremendous support and soon these signatures will be submitted to CM with the demand to terminate the company contract," he said.
However, the Congress, which is also supporting the agitation under the banner of SNSM, has questioned the BJP’s role. City Congress president Rekha Choudhary said it was the BJP government that had given contract to ESSEL.
ESSEL’s spokesperson Ravi Kumar Shukla said that the company was serving the people well. "The electricity bills are being prepared through the software which is used by MPEB and rates have been fixed by Regulatory authority... A high level committee is also there to listen to complaints and taking action."