Revisit the film Batti Gul Meter Chalu on ZEE5
People were susprised when they received unrealistic electricity bills for the past month. Even celebrities like Taapsee Pannu, Huma Qureshi, Renuka Shahane among others spoke out online about the unrealistic amounts. Meanwhile Amyra Dastur mentioned that she got a high amount for a house she didn’t stay in for the last three months. This is why it’s a good time to revisit the film Batti Gul Meter Chalu which talks about the truth behind private electricity companies.
In this case, the electricity companies seem to be collecting the difference between the estimates for the last two months during the lockdown. However, the numbers they have arrived at has seen everyone demanding an explanation.
Watch a trailer for the film which is available for free on ZEE5.
1. On faulty meters
The case of faulty meter readings is not something new. In fact, the film reveals an important detail about the meters used by power companies. The Regularity Commission’s law that states that every electrical company needs to keep at least two lakh meters in stock when need be. And yet, there are companies that fall short of meters, and instead, replace faulty meters with check meters.
2. On handling complaints
Batti Gul Meter Chalu talks about how electrical companies face nearly 1500 complaints daily and yet there is no swift action taken by them for the consumers. While this new case affected many people in the city of Mumbai and hence got attention from everyone including politician, that’s not the case with most complaints.
3. On corruption and malpractices
The film sheds light on corruption, and how employees of electrical companies pay crores to lawyers when charged with lawsuits. It also asks important questions about electricity companies who claim to be at always in a loss despite earning thousands of crores every month and providing their employees with free electricity.
4. On the people most affected
Like with every problem, the poor are most affected by these malpractices. Small business owners are unable to pay faulty bill amounts that are usually too high and even go into lakhs. Families who live from month to month will also face incredible strain in paying unrealistic bill amounts. This is not taking into account over 30 million people without electricity, a basic necessity.
Watch the film Batti Gul Meter Chalu to find out more such details that will make you question the private companies in charge of power supply.