New Delhi: In a bizarre incident, an elderly man in Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur had received an electricity bill of over Rs 128 crore and the electricity department has asked the man to pay the exorbitant bill in order to restore electricity to his house, which is indeed quite shocking!
The man was identified as Shamim lives, is a resident of Chamri village of Hapur in Uttar Pradesh.
Speaking to the media agency, victim Shamim said that he had approached the electricity department to rectify the error, but was asked to pay the bill. The bill sent to Shamim by the electricity department is of Rs. 128,45,95,444 for a home connection of just 2 kilowatts.
“No one listens to our appeals, how do we submit this huge amount? When we went to complain about the matter to the department, we were told that they won’t resume our electricity connection unless we pay the bill,” Shamim informed.
“I am running from pillar to post but no one is listening to my plea. It seems that the electricity department wants me to pay the bill of whole Hapur,” he claimed.
Meanwhile, an electrical engineer with the electricity department claimed it “technical fault”.
The Engineer also assured that the department will rectify the bill once it is sent back to them.
Earlier, in the month of January, a resident of Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh was sent an electricity bill for Rs. 23 crore.
It may be mentioned that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is considering plans to convert all electricity meters into smart prepaid meters by 2022. The government, while taking this decision of converting the electricity meters of the country, is of the opinion that this change will bring progressive changes into India’s beleaguered power sector.
The new strategy of electricity meter changing is taken as a part of the government’s electricity distribution plan. The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) prepared the new strategy which is the apex power sector planning body of India. At a time, when the new government is targeting to supply 24×7 power to all, this new strategy is also taken as a part of their new electricity plans for the country.