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Shamli: In an incident that shocked over two dozen villages of Shamli district in Uttar Pradesh, dozens of people have got electricity bills in thousands despite they having no power connection at all.
The bills ran from Rs 30,000 to Rs 60,000 giving villagers sleepless nights. The development has caused anger among villagers. People said they still don’t know who to approach regarding the issue.
Villagers claim the staff from the power department had intalled meteres at their house years ago but the free electricity promised to them never came, according to a report in Times of India. The poor villagers are now feeling cheated.
The villages where the residents got power bills include Alauddinpur, Dera, Khoksa, Naya Gaon and Bhagirath. The villages are mainly populated by people of Bawaria tribe.
Successive governments have made attempts to bring the people from Bawaria community to the ‘mainstream’.
In case of Khoksa village, there are no power lines. However, metres were installed in the houses years ago. Around 250 people in the village are worried by the same power bills problem.
“Officials had installed four metres in our houses. They said the metres were free and promised that the electricity will also be provided for free,” said Saroj Devi from Khoksa village.
Devi further said the power department staff visited their house last week and handed then over bills of Rs 50,000-60,000 for each of the four metres.
Villagers said how they will pay the bills when they are hand to mouth. Former pradhan of Khoksa, Bhagat Ram, said said people from other villagers have the same problem.
Meanwhile, Superintending Engineer of Paschimanchal Bidyut Vitran Nigam Limited, Ram Kumar, has assured that the issue will be looked into and people’s concerns will be addressed.