Paan shop owner gets Rs 132cr â€˜shockâ€™ Paan shop owner gets Rs 132cr â€˜shockâ€™ OUR CORRESPONDENT Chandigarh, Oct. 24: Rajesh Chautala had expected fireworks this Diwali. But a day before, the Haryana paan shop owner got a â€œshockâ€ instead â€” a Rs 132-crore power bill. â€œI almost fainted. Even seven generations after me will not be able to pay,â€ he said, referring to the state utilityâ€™s two-month bill that reached him on Wednesday. Rajesh, in his thirties, took a while to gather his wits before he checked with neighbours in Sonepatâ€™s Gohana town and found he was the only one jolted. â€œWhen I saw the figure, I felt sparks come out of my eyes. The bill stated I had to pay Rs 132.29 crore to the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam. My bill is usually between Rs 800 and Rs 1,000 as I use only a 40-watt light and a fan in the shop,â€ Rajesh said over the phone from Gohana, around 90km from Delhi. Still, Rajesh, who makes Rs 20,000-Rs 25,000 each month and has rented the shop, decided to have a closer look to check if it was a printing mistake â€” the bill mentioned a consumption of â€œ19 crore unitsâ€. â€œI found no mistake. When I told other shopowners, they were as horrified as me,â€ Rajesh said. The neighbours went into a huddle and, after a few calls to the power board, they were told it was a â€œcomputer mistakeâ€. The Nigam dubbed the amount a â€œblunderâ€ and blamed it on â€œtechnical problemsâ€ in a new billing software. â€œThere appears to be some problem in the online billing software, which could have led to such a big amount. We have started an inquiry,â€ a senior board official told PTI, adding Rajeshâ€™s actual bill was Rs 1,668 for 232 units. Rajesh isnâ€™t amused. â€œI am told itâ€™s a computer mistake which will be corrected after holidays on Monday. But who will compensate me for ruining my Diwali? Till I get the bill rectified, I am scared of switching on the lights at home.â€ Once Rajesh gets over his trepidation, the paan shop owner may like to â€œchew onâ€ a small nugget: Haryanaâ€™s 2014-15 power budget was Rs 5,360 crore. His bill was 2.5 per cent of it.