The Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom), which has begun collecting additional security deposit as per the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) 2007 norms, has asked its consumers, whose difference amount in the two-month minimum monthly deposit (2MMD) is more than Rs. 200 (for low-tension consumers) and more than Rs. 1,000 (for high-tension consumers), to pay the readjustment amount. The deposit is collected as a safeguard against failure to pay bills.
A press note from Bescom said that the power utility has been reviewing the security deposit for the first quarter of every year. The 2MMD has been calculated based on last year’s consumption and the average of each consumer’s two months’ bill amount, the release added.
A 30-day notice, effective from April 1, has been issued and consumers with objections, if any, have to submit them within seven days after being issued the notice. The revised amount has to be paid by the consumers within 15 days, failing which power supply will be disconnected, the release added.
Bescom has also urged consumers to ignore on-the-spot bills issued to some of them, in the place of notices.