With the lockdown extended till June 30, the State-run power utility TANGEDCO extended the deadline for paying electricity bill for the lockdown period till July 5 for the LT and LTCT consumers in Chennai, Tiruvallur, Chengalpattu and Kancheepuram districts.
In the case of HT connections that have not made payment for February, March and April, Tangedco said that it has forgone its right to disconnect such services. They can make payment up to June 15 to avoid disconnection and payment of reconnection fees, the utility added.
Tangedco denies actor Prasanna’s charges
After a tweet by actor Prasanna charging it of excess billing led to a barrage of similar complaints on social media, Tangedco issued a statement denying actor’s charge and condemning him for using strong words to criticise it when it had implemented the calculation methodology as per the TNERC rules.
In a tweet on Tuesday, the actor wrote, “How many of you feel #TNEB is on a looting spree amidst this Covid lockdown?” He told a Tamil news channel that the electricity bill amount has doubled compared to the usual when the reading was taken in May. He said he had to pay about Rs 70,000 for his house, father and father-in-law residences together.
After the actor’s tweet, the hashtags #TNEB and #TNEBstoplooting started trending, with many consumers sharing photos of their electricity bill.
In response, Tangedco gave a detailed break up of the units consumed by the actor’s houses and the explained how the amount was calculated to Rs 42,632.
“If the people have any doubts over the billing, they should approach the appropriate section office of the Tangedco and seek clarification.
They could also visit www.tangedco.gov.in to know how the calculation is being done,” it added in the statement.