CESC drops extra deposit for new ACs

Kolkata: This summer, when you buy an air-conditioner, you wouldn’t have to top up your security deposit with CESC. The power utility has done away with the additional security deposit it used to charge consumers for the additional load.

“CESC has decided to do away with the additional security deposit from this year. We have done a credit mapping of our consumers and have no problems with those who go on paying their electricity bills regularly. The new norm is applicable for consumers installing up to two ACs,” a CESC official said. Earlier, consumers had to apply to the CESC regional office along with the latest electricity bill. The power utility then made a demand for additional security deposit based on the bill and the additional load. Consumers were required to install the air-conditioner after making the payment. The amount was anything between Rs 3,900 and Rs 10,850 depending on the tonnage slab of the air-conditioner — 1 ton, 1.5 ton, 2 ton.

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