Idukki: KSEB, known for its unfavourable reputation, is once again under scrutiny, this time for imposing steep charges on its consumers. In a light-hearted manner, it is jokingly suggested that having an oxygen mask at hand could prove useful upon receiving the electricity bill, as the shockingly high amount may lead to unconsciousness. The residents of Thodupuzha are astonished by the exorbitant fare imposed by KSEB (Kerala State Electricity Board). Reports indicate that the bills issued to the local inhabitants surpass the regular amount by more than tenfold. Over 300 consumers have already filed complaints with KSEB, expressing their discontent over this issue.
Domestic consumers, who were paying an average bill of Rs 2,000-2,500, were shocked when they received the new bill. To their astonishment, many individuals received bills ranging from Rs 30,000 to Rs 60,000. For instance, Manarkat Sunny Sebastian, a resident of Thodupuzha town, used to pay Rs 2,200 in electricity charges. However, following the recent meter reading, his bill skyrocketed to Rs 60,611. This substantial amount includes an energy charge of Rs 53,550, a tax of Rs 5,355, and the total bill amount of Rs 60,611.
In response to the unexpected surge in electricity bills, people’s representatives and consumers gathered at KSEB to stage a protest led by the Municipality Chairman. The Executive Engineer of KSEB addressed the protestors, assuring them that the issue has been acknowledged, and for the time being, consumers are only required to pay the amount specified in their previous bills. Satisfied with this temporary resolution, the protesters dispersed.
KSEB has reported receiving over 300 complaints concerning the escalated electricity bills. Additionally, KSEB has announced its intention to conduct a thorough investigation to determine the underlying cause of this issue.