Bhiwandi does not provide a picturesque backdrop for one of India's biggest privatisation success stories.
Its rutted roads and rotting buildings blackened by pollution belie the fact that it is one of the country's main textile hubs.
About 600000 power looms are packed into factories sometimes little bigger than garages and tended to by sweating men stripped to their waists.
The rhythmic whirring and clacking of the weaving machines spills into the surrounding streets.
When Torrent arrived, it faced a wall of opposition from factory owners, politicians and residents who objected to new meters being installed and having to pay bills in full for the first time.
In a foretaste of what was to come in Agra, mobs attacked the company's offices and staff were assaulted.
But that is where the similarity with Agra ended, because unlike Uttar Pradesh, the government of Maharashtra, the country's richest state, is much tougher on electricity theft.
Arrests were made and police deployed in large numbers to protect Torrent's offices.
The political backing gave the company the space it needed to rebuild the electricity network.
Once it was able to demonstrate results with a better power supply, opposition began to fade.