State power utility Mahadiscom, facing flak for sending 'inflated' bills for June, has now received a complaint from noted singer Asha Bhosle after she got an electricity bill of over Rs 2 lakh for her bungalow in hill station Lonavala. However, the utility has stated that the bill generated was as per the "actual meter reading" and it has already communicated the same to the legendary singer.
Bhosle recently received a power bill of Rs 2,08,870 for the month of June, while the bill for May and April stood at Rs 8,855.44 and Rs 8,996.98, respectively. According to the power consumption history mentioned in the bill, last June, the singer had received a bill of Rs 6,395.66.
"We received a complaint from Bhosle for receiving an inflated bill. Acting on the same, a senior official from the Pune circle personally went there (bungalow) to check the reading and it was verified that the meter reading was correct and so was the bill," a spokesperson of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (Mahadiscom) said.
He further said after conducting proper investigation, it was found that the bungalow was not shut and shoots were taking place there.
Bhosle was not immediately available for comment. This is not the first time that the singer has complained about inflated electricity bills. In 2016, Bhosale had complained about receiving an exorbitant bill for the bungalow, which was "not much in use".
Accordingly, the then energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule had assured Bhosle that he would look into the matter.
Meanwhile, actress Divya had taken to Twitter and called out her electricity provider for charging her a higher rate for electricity consumption. "Dear @TataPower...what's happening.. a monthly bill of 51000?? Shagun dena hai lockdown ka? Pls sort this asap," Divya tweeted.
Dear @TataPower what’s happening.. a monthly bill of 51000?? Shagun dena hai lockdown ka? Pls sort this asap.— Divya Dutta (@divyadutta25) July 26, 2020
In June, several other Bollywood celebrities raised the issue of inflated electricity bill in Mumbai. Actress Taapsee Pannu had complained about the "insane rise" in her electricity bill for the month of June 2020.
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