A 55-year-old woman in Mansa was in for a shock after her son was asked to pay an electricity bill of Rs 7.5 lakh by the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL).
The family claims that their mother Paramjeet Kaur was not informed about the actual billing amount for two days and later when she came to know about it she became restless.
Mulkjeet Singh, 31, son of Paramjeet Kaur, engaged in a small transport business in Mansa, said, "The PSPCL gave a huge shock to my mom. She could have suffered a heart attack from the shock. Her blood pressure has shot up since then."
"My mother received the bill around 4 days ago but later my dad saw the amount after which we were in utter shock," he said.
PSPCL has slapped a bill of Rs 7,55,579 on Paramjeet and asked him to clear it by August 7 for 10,058 units of electricity consumed for the months of June and July.
"We also came to know that they changed our electricity metre without informing us and when I contacted the officials they gave a verbal assurance that they will resolve the issue," said Harmel Singh, Paramjeet's husband.
The family has removed the air conditioner since they received the bill. "It is so uncomfortable in this weather not to use an air conditioner. Moreover, we also don't want to get into any sort of legal action if the department promises to resolve the issue," said Mulkjeet Singh.
The last bill cleared by the Prasad family was around Rs 7,000.
On the condition of anonymity, one of the officials claimed that it might have happened due to some technical glitch. The executive engineer of the electricity board could not be contacted for comments.