Pinching power tariff hike

Slum dwellers stage sit- in against hike in electricity charges, burn erroneous bills

OUR STAFF RE

PORTER Indore

Hundreds of residents from 55 slums in the city staged a sit- in and burned their power bills as a mark of protest against the increase in power tariff, wrong bills and irregular power supply at Daly College and Musakhedi power houses. The call for sit- in and demonstration was given by Block Congress workers.

The agitation was led by Arvind Bagdi, president of Congress Block number 11 and Satyanarayan Sharma, president of Congress Block number 12. The demonstrators gathered with their power bills.

The residents alleged that despite the fact that they live in slum areas, they are being billed any where between Rs 5000 and Rs 38000 for power consumption.

They also alleged that rather than correcting the error, the employees of Power Company descend in the area for collection of bills and threaten to disconnect the supply if any one failed to pay the bill. They also misbehave with women folk who are alone in the house, the residents added.

The residents further alleged that on top of handing them unrealistic bills, the power supply in their area is erratic and most of the time the supply is cut off. The residents are suffering and among other things, they are unable to pump up water, an essential ingredient of human life. They alleged that seven increases in power tariff in past seven years, has thrown their domestic budget out of gear. City Congress Committee president, Pramod Tandon and Youth Congress president Pintu Joshi addressed the demonstration.

The demonstration concluded with burning of power bills. A memorandum demanding roll back of increase in power tariff and resolving the issues of consumer within a week was handed over to divisional engineer S K Lad.

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