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317 consumers owe power bills worth Rs 11 crore

chandigarh Updated: May 21, 2013 00:12 IST
HT Correspondent

The name of UT deputy commissioner office building, Chandigarh Lake Club, registrar of companies and director meteorological features on the list of defaulters, who owe the electricity department more than Rs 1 lakh.

The UT electricity department has prepared the list following directions of the joint electricity regulatory commission (JERC). There are a total of 317 consumers having pending electricity bills running into crores of rupees.

Out of total, connections of 127 consumers - commercial and residential buildings - have been disconnected, while 169 are tangled in dispute with the department. Remaining 21 consumers have dragged the department to court.

The defaulters have failed to clear their bills despite repeated notices and reminders from the departments.

UT superintending engineer MP Singh said the process of recovering outstanding dues from consumers whose connections were disconnected had been initiated. They were making efforts to resolve disputes so that outstanding dues could be recovered at the earliest.

In recently held public hearing session, the UT electricity department was at the receiving end from the members of JERC after the consumers raised the issue of non-recovery of electricity bills to the tune of crores of rupees from the state government departments, including Punjab and Haryana.

The department had informed the JERC chairman that they were yet to recover electricity bills of more than Rs 11 crore from various departments of state governments.

The chairman had directed the superintending engineer to conduct an analysis to identify the consumers, whose outstanding dues are more than Rs 1 lakh, and submit the report in three months.

Total defaulters: 317
Supply disconnected: 127
Bill dispute: 169
Court case: 21

Those in dispute with electricity dept outstanding bills
Garrison engineering (GE) Army Airport Rs 12.8 lakh
GE 3BRD Airforce Rs 11.4 lakh
Chandigarh Lake Club Rs 5.8 lakh
DC office building Rs 4.5 lakh
Director North Zone Kala Gram Rs 1.4 lakh
Registrar of companies Rs 1.4 lakh

educational institutes Outstanding bills
DAV College, Sector 10 Rs 3.7 lakh
Dev Samaj College, Sector 21 Rs 1.3 lakh
3 Panjab University hostels Rs 12.5 lakh