Puducherry man gets Rs 12.91 lakh electricity bill, dept says mistake rectified

Saravanan, a resident of Puducherry, was shocked when he received a bill of Rs 12.91 lakh from the EB department for July. EB officials stated that it was a technical error and has been rectified.

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Saravanan with the EB bill of Rs 12.91 lakhs.
Saravanan with the EB bill of Rs 12.91 lakhs.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A Puducherry man received an EB bill of Rs 12.91 lakh for July
  • He said he usually paid an average of Rs 600-700 per month
  • EB officials said it was a technical error and has been rectified

A man in Puducherry was surprised after the EB department sent him a bill of Rs 12,91,845 for the month of July. The EB officials said that this was a technical error and has now been rectified.

Saravanan, a resident of Sekizhar Street in Puducherry’s Viswanathan Nagar was in shock after seeing his electricity bill. Saravanan, who is a TV mechanic during the day and a watchman during the night, had received a bill of Rs 12,91,845 from the EB department for July.

While his previous reading was 20,630, the present reading given in the bill was 2,11,150, stating that he had consumed 1,90,520 units. Saravanan, who lives in a rented house and regularly pays around Rs 600-700 a month, said that he was shocked upon seeing the bill.

“I have already gone to the EB office thrice, but they have been asking me to come later. There are only 5 digits in the reading machine and god knows how they have written six digits?”

Upon contacting the EB officials, they said that it was a technical error and that the zero was added by mistake. The error has since been rectified.

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