Faced with mounting pressure of higher officials concerning speedy recovery of pending payments of power bills, the Solan circle power board authorities have slapped notices on the officials concerned of the irrigation and public health (IPH) department.
The board has asked them to deposit the payments within a fortnight, failing which power connections of schemes would be disconnected.
Notably, the board officials have been frequently pursuing the IPH officials to deposit the payments but after receiving utter disregard to the official communications, the board officials finally gave the ultimatum.
Sources in board revealed that the IPH department has a total liability of around Rs 25 crore across the district. Currently, the IPH department was operating 650 lift drinking water schemes and 175 irrigation schemes to facilitate the population of three IPH divisions - Solan, Arki and Nalagarh.
Sources revealed that power board's superintending engineer had slapped a notice to recover the pending payment of Rs 15.93 crore in Nalagarh, Rs 8.52 crore in Solan and Rs 1.61 crore in Arki.
The IPH department is running 156 drinking water schemes in Nalagarh, 281 in Arki and 280 in Solan.
Sources revealed that if the IPH authorities did not deposit the pending payment within a fortnight, the decision would badly hit drinking water services in Solan, Doon, Nalagarh, Kasauli and Arki assembly constituencies.
This would affect over six lakh population directly and hundreds of hectares of cultivable land indirectly.
Sources revealed besides pending payment of Rs 25 crore against the power bills in the IPH department, the board has not recovered similar payments pending against Solan, Parwanoo, Arki, Baddi and Nalagarh civic bodies and around Rs 10 crore pending against various boards, corporations and commercial and domestic consumers.
Confirming the move, Solan superintending engineer Anoop Dhiman said, "We have asked the IPH authorities to deposit all pending payments within 15 days failing which power connections of all schemes would be disconnected."