The Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) on Tuesday disconnected power supply to 51 domestic consumers for not clearing their electricity dues. The UPPCL had sent reminders to defaulters to pay electricity bills on time.
To recover the revenue from defaulters the power discom formed a team of enforcement staff to shortlist consumers who did not pay bills timely.
“We disconnected power supply to 51 domestic consumers on Tuesday. On Monday, the enforcement department had disconnected supply to 31 consumers for delay in clearing mounting arrears,” said Mukul Singhal superintending engineer, UPPCL, Noida.
He said that the dues in total still amounted to around Rs 20-Rs 25 crore and that this backlog was causing a big loss to the department.
“Consumers know there is 15-days grace period they can deposit their bills, without penalty, but this is not happening and has resulted in a backlog, which is giving us a big headache,” said Singhal. He said the department recovered about Rs 15 lakh arrears in two days.
The UPPCL has disconnected over 1,500 power connections of commercial, institutional and residential establishments in just the past one-and-a-half months.
“As it is winter, the electricity need is not as high during other months. Yet, unscheduled power cuts of two to three hours are taking place in the city. We wish UPPCL would upgrade the systems of online payment, complaint redressal system and underground wiring as well,’ said Anil Tyagi, a resident Sector 33.
Residents also slammed UPPCL for issuing inflated electricity bills. “Inflated electricity bills are being generated by the UPPCL-installed meters and the department has failed to fix the problem till now. There is corruption in the department and UPPCL should address it immediately,” said Vivek Kumar, a resident.