Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) has issued a legal notice to eight entities including Power Division asking them to stop collecting illegal arrear electricity bills from consumers from March to May.
CAB said the bills by the electricity distribution utilities were prepared in violation of the Rules of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission Act, 2003.
Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua served the notice on Sunday on behalf CAB.
The heads of organisations which were served the legal notice include Bangladesh Energy Regulation Commission (BERC), Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BERB), Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB), Dhaka Power Distribution Company Ltd (DPDC), Dhaka Electric Supply Company Ltd (Desco), West Zone Power Distribution Company Ltd (WZPDC) and Northern Electricity Supply Company Limited (NESCO).
CAB advisor Professor Shamsul Alam said the notice was served against the backdrop of huge allegation of inflated bills issued by different distribution entities during the months from March to June when bills were prepared without taking the proper meters readings.
The notice requested the notice receivers to direct to stop collection of bills from consumers on the basis of illegal bills, to cancel bills and prepare customised bills based on actual meter reading for each consumer, not to realise late fine from consumers against the aforesaid three months’ bills.
It also requested them to inform the lawyer in writing about the actions taken against them within five days from the date of service of this notice or CAB would take legal steps.