The Power Department of UP has given quite a ‘shock’ to an elderly resident of the state with a bizarre error.
According to reports, Shamim from Hapur, UP received an electricity bill of Rs 1,28,45,95,444. The electricity department has also cut off his electricity bill due to non-payment of the bill.
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
The elderly man who lives with his wife in Hapur District uses just 2 fans and a few bulbs in his house. He has approached the Electricity Department to rectify this error many times but has reportedly been shooed off by them. He claims that his monthly bill is Rs 700-800 every month at maximum.
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. But this time, the Electricity Department has given me the bill of the entire city.
An electrical Engineer for the department added to Shamim’s complaint.
This must be a technical fault. If they provide us with 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.
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
After the story broke out in the media, the error has been rectified and the bill amount now stands at Rs. 3136.
Twitter too reacted on this.
BC Ambani ke pure Reliance Industries ka bijli ka bill itna nahi ata hoga jitna is bachare ko bijli ka bill thama diya hai.— Aamir Malik (@Malik_Md_Amir) July 21, 2019
Lagta hey Banda GK practice Kar Raha tha .. bill ke jagah India ki population type Kar di— Prakash Pal (@gyanpapi) July 21, 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
This kind of highlighting common people’s problems is good, will make the babus at these ops take notice and not make people run around. That Babu should be sacked for troubling this old man— Vish Sathappan (@VishSathappan) July 21, 2019
In a similar case, a man from Kannauj, UP was sent an electricity bill of Rs 23 crore earlier this year again due to a technical glitch.