Tenants ask Karantaka government for clear guidelines on free electricity

June 6, 2023

MYSURU: In city areas here families change their rented houses generally in April and May, according to their requirements, especially to support the academic activities of their children. Now, they are a confused lot about the free power scheme as they are clueless about the usage of their predecessors who were living in the house earlier. They want the state government to come out with a separate policy for families staying in rented houses to ensure that they will not miss the benefits of the freebie.

In Karnataka, rental agreement is executed for a period of 11 months. Generally the families move to the new houses in May and the agreement ends by March end. In urban areas, even today more than half of the families stay in rented houses. Residents point out that while announcing the new scheme, the state government didn’t consider who are the biggest chunk among the electricity consumers.

According to the information shared by the state government, the average electricity consumption of the previous one year will be considered to shortlist the beneficiaries for this 200 units free electricity scheme.

Not only in Mysuru, in most urban areas, a majority of the population stay in rented houses. Many of them shifted recently, and were not aware of the electricity consumption of previous inmates. The consumption may change from family to family according to the household appliances and lifestyle. The government should keep this in mind while announcing the final rules for the scheme implementation, said Raghu Achar, a resident of TK Layout.

Jayavibhava Swamy, MD, Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation, Mysuru, informed that the government order will be issued shortly. All the aspects highlighted by the public have been appraised to the senior officials, he said.

Many consumers are also seeking a clarification over the fixed charges collected by the ESCOMs. I pay around Rs 210 as fixed charge alone even though my monthly utilisation is less than 200 units. The government is silent on this , said Shanta Patil, a resident of Bogadi.

  • Published On Jun 6, 2023 at 12:00 PM IST

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