A Faridabad-based family was in for a shock when the discom Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) sent them a power bill of Rs 52 lakh. Their electric meter was also disconnected in this searing heat.
Pankaj Mathur, who lives in Charmwood Village in Surajkund area, said he was shocked when he received a bill of R52,14,728 a few days ago. “And it wasn’t a typo. The consumption was shown to be nearly eight lakh units. We sent the bill back, but nothing was done,” said Mathur.
But there was another jolt in store for the family. Mathur alleged that on May 28, 2013, DHBVN officials removed their power meter without informing any one. The family said that all efforts to contact DHBVN officials yielded no results on Tuesday.
When contacted, DHBVN’s chairman and MD Devender Singh said, “The employee who has committed this mistake will be taken to task.”
Meanwhile, the power connection of the Mathur family has been restored and the power bill revised to Rs 6,600. “There was some software problem due to which the inflated bill reached the consumer,” said Subhash Deshwal, superintending engineer.