Providing relief to a Kharar resident, the permanent lok adalat has quashed rs 80,000 electricity bill thrust upon him by the Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL), despite of his electricity meter being faulty.
Mohinder Singh had filed an application before the permanent lok adalat in SAS Nagar, alleging his meter was burnt in July 2013 and he had moved an application to the PSPCL after which, his meter was replaced.
Subsequently, the department issued an electricity bill of Rs 52,260 in October, 2013, after which, the applicant visited their office and clarified that his power bill had always been up to maximum rs 6,000, and therefore Rs 52,260 power bill was illegal and unjustified.
Challenging the meter bill, the applicant deposited rs 15,000 with the respondent. He said the meter was never checked by the authorities concerned, but the department later stated the said meter was absolutely fine, and thus, issued a fresh bill for rs 80,490.
The complainant then moved the lok adalat for quashing the bill. The respondents opposed the application saying he was issued the bill for actual consumption of power.
After hearing the case, the permanent lok adalat comprising Jagroop Singh Mahal, chairman, and HS Walia, member, quashed the bill on the ground that the PSPCL authorities did not follow the procedure by calling the applicant before testing the meter.
It was also held that in the earlier bill from May 8, 2013 to July 8, 2013, the last reading was shown as 1953. When the meter was removed on August 26, 2013, it was reported that the same was burnt and the particulars were not visible. However, the lab in its report mentioned that the last reading was 9,044, which in view of these facts could not be believed. Otherwise also there could not be so much consumption of electricity within two months especially when earlier the consumption had been ranging between 284-600 units. The court meanwhile directed the PSPCL to adjust `15,000 paid by the applicant in the fresh bills issued to him thereafter.