When Ramesh Kumar,a resident of Indira Colony here received an electricity bill worth Rs 69,992 he was in shock. Kumar,a labourer by profession and living in a single room in Indira Colony was among dozens of people from the colony who staged a protest against Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) for inflated power bills.
Our electricity bill never exceeded Rs 1,000 and now the bill is beyond our imagination. We use few electric lamps at our room and how can its bill be Rs 69,992, asked Kumar. Another resident said many people in the locality had the same complaint.
I though that my bill was not genuine,but when other residents in colony also complained about the same,we knew that there was technical problem which resulted in the inflated power bill, said another resident whose was handed a power bill of Rs 23,134. The residents later met the officers of UHBVN who assured them that they will look into the grievances.
Executive Engineer Dalbir Singh Dhanda said that preliminary investigations have found that the meter reading was blocked.
These consumers used to pay the bills through a contractor who used to mislead them by giving wrong meter readings. We told the consumers that the bills are genuine, Dhanda said.