New Delhi: Failing to increase their per unit rates, power companies have devised a new plan to make consumers shell out more money for electricity consumption.

Eyeing that power consumption in summers increases and decreases in winters, the companies are all set to increase the limit of sanctioned power load allotted to the consumers. A notice has been sent to consumers in this regard.

According to the notice, the companies have asked the consumers to double their power load for which they would have to pay between Rs 600 and Rs 2000. The companies will fine consumers if they fail to deposit the sum within a time day time span.

According to DERC chairman PD Sudhakar, companies have the right to increase the power load rates in case consumers are drawing more electricity. “But it is wrong if the companies are evaluating power consumption during summers only and the matter will be investigated,” added Sudhakar.

CEO of BSES Yamuna Power Limited Ramesh Narayan said the consumers have been asked to increase the load after taking out an average from the past few years.

However, he did not comment when asked why power load was not considered while replacing electronic meters.

He said, there were many houses in Old Delhi which despite having a sanctioned power load of 0.25kv were running air conditioners and refrigerators.

“The company can generate the bill according to the power consumed and the section load is determined while providing power connection,” Sudhakar added.

Meanwhile, consumers in the national capital can complain in case of wrong electricity bill is issued to them.

JPN/Bureau