Now, pay your electricity bills in Chennai after 'self-assessment' of meter reading

It is learnt that there have been representations from Low Tension (LT) consumers that their billing is higher that the actual amount

Published: 21st May 2021 04:25 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st May 2021 04:25 PM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

CHENNAI: The state electricity board will now be accepting 'self-assessed' reading by Low Tension (LT) consumers for values below Rs 30,000, according to official sources.

This comes after Tangedco had earlier instructed to provisionally adopt the previous month's billing (amount based on May 2019 or March 2021 reading) following the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is learnt that there have been representations from LT consumers that their billing is higher that the actual amount. Following this, a circular was issued on Thursday to officials that the method adopting previous billing can be stopped and entry of actual reading can be made to resolve the issue.

Currently, under LT billing software, the area engineer has the power to delete the reading or billing upto the assessment of Rs 5,000. Now this has been modified by delegating power to AEs for deletion of billing up to the PMC bill of Rs 30,000, according to the circular assessed by The New Indian Express.

If the amount exceeds Rs 30,000, then the relaxation power is vested with the Deputy Financial Controller. The relaxation of power is till May 31, 2021, the circular stated.

The self-assessment reading furnished by LT consumers can be sent through WhatsApp, SMS, letter or e-mail to area engineers or JEs. Based on that reading, the section officer after deleting the PMC billing will raise the bill for the month of May 2021.


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  • Shantilal

    What is the whatsapp number where we can send the photo. As this is electronic meter
    3 months ago reply
  • sadhana

    how to find out area engineer as I sent email and pinged many but there is no proper response
    4 months ago reply
  • Venkataraman

    It is encouraging to know that the Tamil Nadu electricity distributors are trusting the consumers and are willing to accept the readings submitted by them.Contrary to this
    4 months ago reply
    • C Gejavalli

      sir, i am extra amount paid thru on line (EB reading not send whatsapp). 100 UNITS not minus. 4 bills i have paid. sir how will retained the balance amount. please clarify sir
      4 months ago reply
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