Priyanka Gupta, a resident of Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, got a shock when she received an electricity bill of Rs 3,419 crore that made her father-in-law ill.
The Madhya Pradesh government-run power company blamed “human error” and issued a corrected bill of ₹ 1,300, enough to relieve the distraught Gupta family of the city’s Shiv Vihar Colony. Sanjeev Kankane, Ms Gupta’s husband, said his father was sickened by the huge electricity bill for July household use. He claimed that the bill issued on July 20 was cross-verified through the portal of the Madhya Pradesh Madhya Kshetra Vidyut Vatran Company (MPMKVVC) but was found to be correct.
Mr. Kankane said the bill was later corrected by the State Electricity Company.
MPM VVC general manager Nitin Mangalik blamed human error for the high electricity bill and said action has been taken against the concerned employees.
“An employee entered the customer number instead of the units used in the software, resulting in a bill with a higher amount. The electricity consumer has been issued a correct bill of ₹ 1,300,” he said.
MP Power Minister Pradyoman Singh Tomar told reporters that the mistake has been rectified and action is being taken against the concerned employee.
In another incident, an allegedly drunk man climbed a 100-foot mobile phone tower in Maharashtra’s Jalna district and wanted his wife to return home from her parents’ place, a police official said. Told on Thursday. The incident took place in Dabhadi village of Badnapur tehsil on Wednesday and the man, identified as Ganpat Bakal, came down only after being assured by villagers, fire brigade and police officials that he was a domestic. Will try to resolve the dispute.
“He was drunk. He came down from the tower four hours later. Buckle was detained and later released,” he said.
Eyewitnesses said that the scene reminded them of Dharmendra’s character’s legendary drunken performance in the 1970s blockbuster ‘Sholay’.
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