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The state government will review the decision of Central Electricity Supply Utility (CESU) which has issued notices to its consumers to pay revised security money, failing which their electricity supplies will be disconnected.
“The energy department will review the decision of CESU to collect additional security charges from consumers”, said Arun Sahu, minister of state for energy.
Opposition Congress has criticised the recent decision of CESU, which is currently managed by Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) since the exit of AES from its management in 2001.
“The decision to collect additional security from the consumers is certainly a burden on the people of Odisha,” said Niranjan Patnaik, president of the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC).
CESU, on the other hand, said, there is nothing new in revised security charges as it was done in line with increased power tariff. The power distribution company has already issued similar notices to industrial units ahead of issuing notices to domestic consumers.As per the new order, consumers of CESU now have to pay two months of average power bills in advance to the discom, else they will have to pay 15 to 30 per cent surcharge over and above their monthly bills.
Following long pending dues of security money, their connections will be cut, CESU notice said.