An octogenarian had to be rushed to hospital because he complained of high blood pressure after receiving an electricity bill of almost Rs 80 crore in the town of Nalasopara, Maharashtra.
On Monday, 80-year-old Ganpat Naik, who runs a rice mill in Nirmal village was stunned when he received an electricity bill of Rs 80 crore. However, later it was revealed that the amount mentioned in the bill was the result of a clerical error.
Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) said the error came from part of the agency that takes meter readings. MSEDCl said the bill was corrected soon.
Naik’s grandson, Niraj, said they were working when they received the electricity bill and were “shocked” to see it.
Niraj said the family initially believed they received the bill from the entire district. “We rechecked and that was just our bill. We got scared because the electricity commission started collecting everyone’s dues and arrears for the lockdown period,” he added.
As news of the Rs 80 crore electricity bill spread throughout the district, authorities took action and the bill was corrected.
“The agency had made a nine-digit bill instead of six digits. While we were re-running the bill and making corrections, the agency went ahead and issued the bill to Naik. We looked at their electricity meter and “gave them a new six-figure bill. They’re happy now,” said Surendra Monere, an electricity commission official.
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