CRPF Battalion in Kashmir Valley gets electricity bill of Rs 1.5 crore

Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Kashmir Valley has gone into a tizzy after one of their Battalion camping in Charare-Sharief has got an electricity bill of a whopping Rs 1.5 crore for the month of July. The monthly bill has been generated by the Power Development Department (PDD) in Jammu and Kashmir Government and handed over to the consumer namely the 181 Battalion, CRPF.

Though the bill is paid by the Jammu and Kashmir Police, it has become a matter of grave concern. ADG of CRPF Zulfiquar Hasan said, “This seems to be a case of a clerical error. We tried to contact the PDD department for an explanation but they are closed over the weekend.”

The hard copy of the bill states that the sanctioned load of 181 Battalion deployed in Budgam district is only 50 KW, with fixed charges as Rs 1500 only. The bill further states that it was generated on August 10 and is payable by August 27. Till then, the CRPF says the matter should be resolved.