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Industry demands automatic bill payment machine

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, October 21, 2013
First Published: 18:14 IST(21/10/2013) | Last Updated: 18:15 IST(21/10/2013)

A meeting of officers of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) and industrialists was held to discuss various problems being faced by the industry in utilisation of power in the industry sector here on Monday.

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United Cycle Parts Manufacturer Association (UCPMA) president Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma represented the industry in the meeting, which was held following instructions issued by the Ludhiana deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal.  Nodal officer of PSPCL Sandeep Garg represented PSPCL.

Raising demands of the industry, Vishwakarma apprised the problems faced by them and urged to start automatic bill payment machine to submit electric bills at UCPMA for the convenience of people.
He said, “Due to heavy rush at PSPCL counters, we are ready to provide the place for installation of machines. This will bring in relief for the industrial consumers.”

UCPMA general secretary Rajeev Jain said, in 2009-2010, around 850-900 connections were issued by PSPCL in the camp organised by the UCPMA. However, only 22 connections have been given final sanctions and the rest were pending causing uproar in the industry, he added.

Members also suggested that the cash deposit limit be increased from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 20,000. Janata Nagar Small Scale Industry president Jaswinder Thukral said a cheque drop box facility should be started at the PSPCL office to facilitate consumers.

The shortage of staff in the Janta Nagar Division was also discussed and the members requested to increase the sub-divisional officers (SDOs) and junior engineers (JEs) as the division has three units.

PSPCAL nodal officer Garg informed the members that the connections applied before May 10, 2011, did not need any no objection certificate (NOC) to get connections.

It was also informed that 380 connections were on their record, out of which a demand notice to 100 consumers had been issued and 55 test reports had been received. Out of these, 22 connections have been released.

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