There have been a lot of talks about state electricity boards charging whopping amounts from the customers for their monthly bills amid the COVID-19 crisis. While some people from West Bengal had been complaining about receiving bills of ₹9000 and ₹1000, a man in Hyderabad was totally taken aback upon receiving an electricity bill of ₹6.67 lakhs! The unbelievably high amount for the last four months pushed him to lodge a complaint with the Electricity Department for the recovery of the bill amount. Also, a UP man having only a bulb and a fan had received an electricity bill of ₹128 crores.
Resident Of Amberpet Receives Electricity Bill Worth ₹6.67 Lakhs, Lodges Complaint
B Veerababu, a resident of Hyderabad’s Amberpet, recently got an electricity bill of a thumping ₹6.67 lakhs. After reviewing the bill, the Electricity Department realized that there was a technical error. The actual bill amount was only ₹8,716. As per ANI reports, Veerababu said, “Usually, I get an electricity consumption bill of around ₹800 to ₹1,100 for my house. But for the past three months, the electricity department officials did not come to take the meter reading or nor did they generate any bill.”
On receiving the complaint, the officials of Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (TSSPDCL) took actions and fixed the issue. Veerababu had also uploaded a video on social media stating his issue. He told ANI, “A few days ago, I received an electric bill of ₹6.67 lakh for my house in Amberpet. I, immediately, approached the electricity department office to verify my bill but they did not respond to my query. Later, I made a video, which went viral.” Meanwhile, did you know that Uttarakhand is planning to generate 5-Megawatts of electricity from waste to curb pollution?
Delhi Residents Had Paid ₹0 For Electricity Bills Last September
Around 15 Lakh Delhiites had paid ₹0 for their electricity bills last September. In an attempt to conserve power, the government had announced free electricity of up to 200 units for domestic consumers. This was later on extended to tenants residing in the National Capital as well, under the Mukhyamantri Kirayedar Bijli Meter Yojna. The announcement was made in August and was executed from September onwards.
Many people are facing issues with electricity bills amid the coronavirus lockdown. If you too are facing similar problems, contact the customer care of your electricity provider right away. Check if they have a mobile app to upload a self-meter reading. Some boards like the BSES are providing special rebates too on the self-meter readings. On that note, here’s how Sharjah is building a sustainable city: