A consumer court in Delhi has asked the North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) to take action against the residents of a police colony in Delhi Cantonment for not paying for electricity.
Shocked after learning about the sheer misuse of power, judge Narendra Kumar and judge Zahid Husain of the consumer disputes redressal forum in Sheikh Sarai have asked the NDPL to take appropriate action in the matter within a month.
"NDPL says all the occupants of the colony are using the electricity free of cost due to their power and position. We find it unfortunate that these consumers are using the free electricity at the cost of others and the company has not taken appropriate action in this regard,"said the court.
The matter came to light inadvertently during the course of hearing of a complaint filed by one Ram Avtar, a constable, who wished to pay for his power connection and got an electricity meter installed in 2007. However, he was slapped with an inflated bill of R62,270 which included "arrears" of several years.
The consumer court quashed the bill as "excess" and directed the NDPL to install a new meter at his home and charge him according to the new reading.