The Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) has come up with a new mode of payment for electricity bills in the city. From Monday, consumers will be able to pay electricity bills at any ATM booth of the Punjab National Banks (PNB) in the city. The UPPCL has entered into an agreement with the bank in the first phase of its plan to increase cashless bill payment options.
“The new plan is effective from Monday and city consumers now have the option of paying their bills at these ATM booths. The UPPCL has entered into an agreement with PNB and the plan will be under observation,” said Mukul Singhal, superintending engineer (SE), UPPCL, Gautam Budh Nagar.
“There are 25 PNB ATM booths in the city. We have requested the bank to increase the number of ATM booths. The UPPCL is also in the process of inviting more nationalised banks for this purpose,” said Singhal.
Meanwhile, the UPPCL has appealed to city residents to pay their electricity bills on time to avoid disconnections. However, residents have alleged that they continue to receive faulty bills as many of UPPCL’s meters do not work properly.
“The UPPCL has done a good job by providing the new option of paying bills at PNB ATMs, but we continue to receive inflated electricity bills that we cannot pay unless corrected,” said Suresh Tiwary of Sector 20.
City consumers have been paying electricity bills at cash counters of sub-divisional and executive engineer offices across the city. Besides that, consumers presently pay electricity bills by cheque, online, or through the PayTM option.