Meghalaya Power Minister admits escalation of electricity bills in state

SHILLONG, March 17 2017: Months after the MeECL comes under public fury for alleged escalation in electricity bills, the state government on Friday admits escalation while citing faulty power meters as the main problem.

Power Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar admitted on the floor of the house during the ongoing budget session on Friday that there are some isolated cases of consumers receiving escalated power bills in the State.

Replying to a question raised by UDP legislator Jemino Mawthoh, Dhar said that the department would try to resolve the problem at the earliest whenever it receives such complaints.

He said that in some case, escalation is caused due to faulty power meters and directions were issued to rectify the problem.

Earlier, Mawthoh have raised this issue stating that complaints were received from the people especially those residing in the rural areas regarding escalated electricity bills.

He alleged that people in the rural areas were not receiving their electricity bills even after six months. According to him, this has created huge problem in the rural areas.