Idukki: The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has issued an exorbitant electricity bill of up to Rs 29,000 to the SC Colony of Puthuval in Pambanar. The bill, intended for six people in the colony, raises questions as the residents claim to use only a few bulbs. Notably, this is not the first instance, as similar experiences were reported in 2022.
Colony residents, predominantly laborers, have received electricity bills ranging from Rs 19,000 to Rs 86,000 in previous years. Following complaints made to the ministers, an investigation revealed that the inflated bills were a result of an error by the former meter reader, who has since passed away.
In response to the complaint, KSEB assured the residents that the issue would be resolved, and on that occasion, they paid only half of the billed amount. However, KSEB’s current stance is that the new bill, now with a halved balance from the previous one includes an additional 18 percent interest as per the decision in Adalath.