Watch: UP man charged Rs 128 crore for electricity bill, asked to pay to resume connection
Shamim, a septuagenarian, has received an electricity bill for Rs 1,28,45,95,444 and his power load is merely 2 KiloWatt.Updated: Jul 22, 2019 14:00 IST
The Power Department in Uttar Pradesh has given a stinging shock to an elderly resident of Hapur district. Shamim, a septuagenarian, has received an electricity bill for Rs 1,28,45,95,444 and his power load is merely 2 KiloWatt. Shamim, who stays with his wife in Chamri village in Hapur, said that he has approached the Electricity Department to rectify the error, but was told by officials to pay the bill or else the electricity will not be reconnected.
“No one listens to our pleas, how will we submit that amount? When we went to complain about it, we were told that they will not resume our electricity supply unless we pay the bill,” he said. Shamim told reports that his monthly electricity bill is around Rs 700 and Rs 800. “But this time, the Electricity Department has given me the bill of the entire city,” he said.
ANI shared the incident on Twitter:
Hapur: A resident of Chamri has received an electricity bill of Rs 1,28,45,95,444. He says "No one listens to our pleas, how will we submit that amount? When we went to complain about it,we were told that they won't resume our electricity connection unless we pay the bill."(20.7) pic.twitter.com/2kOQT8ho36— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) July 20, 2019
In a followup tweet, ANI informed that Ram Sharan, an Assistant Electrical Engineer stated that the cause behind the huge bill “must be a technical fault.”
Ram Sharan, Assistant Electrical Engineer: This must be a technical fault. If they provide us the bill we will issue them an updated one after rectifying the technical fault in the system. This is no big deal. Technical faults do take place. (20.07.2019) pic.twitter.com/4TUswbvVDu— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) July 20, 2019
People showered tons on comments on the post.
This looks more like a phone number than an alectric bill amount!— Inderjeet Kumar Singh (@justin23448669) July 21, 2019
Batti gul meter chalu? 🤨🤔— انڈیا🇮🇳 ورلڈ کپ جیتنا چاہئے 🤲🏾 (@farhaz98) July 20, 2019
This is pure harassment... inhuman and insanity— Dr.Hemant Mittal (@doctor_mittal) July 20, 2019
Mistakes happen, technical fault happens; agree! Where is the 200 gm brain 🧠 of a person who issued such a bill. How can they disconnect for nonpayment? What if these poor guys don’t have the previous bill?— Anwar Hussain (@Anwar_is_here) July 21, 2019
Check out the video that shows the man’s house:
Senior officials of the Power Department in Lucknow said that they were not aware of the matter and hence, could not comment. When told about the matter, they said it could be a technical glitch and would be rectified. Till then, Shamim and his family will live in darkness.
First Published: Jul 21, 2019 11:36 IST