Some police stations, schools, the civil hospital, offices of the deputy commissioner and the senior superintendent of police (SSP) figure in the list of 50 government establishments that have failed to pay their electricity bills to the tune of Rs 5 crore in SAS Nagar.
The office of public health, Balongi, tops the list of defaulters with an outstanding bill of Rs 96.3 lakh followed by Rose Garden, Phase 3B1, which has an outstanding bill of Rs 82.43 lakh.
The civil hospital, Phase 6, owes more than Rs 39 lakh to the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL). The power corporation has warned to disconnect their electricity supply if they fail to clear their dues in time.
PSPCL officials said the list of defaulters has been prepared as part of its “name-and-shame” drive to recover the outstanding amount.
Other defaulters are the ESI (Employees State Insurance) dispensary in Phase 2 and the primary health centre, Sector 60. While the ESI dispensary has an outstanding bill of more than Rs 53,000, the health centre is yet to pay over Rs 25,000.
“We received information from the PSPCL informing us about the outstanding dues. We have informed that the dues will be cleared once we get funds,” said Om Raj Goldi, senior medical officer (SMO), SAS Nagar.
NO RECOVERY OF BILLS OF OLD DC, SSP OFFICES
The PSPCL is finding it difficult to recover outstanding dues of the erstwhile Phase-1 offices of DC and the SSP as these have been shifted to the new administrative complex in Sector 76.
The outstanding bill of the Phase-1 DC office is Rs 52,000 while the SSP office has Rs 5.9 lakh outstanding bill.
Besides, the police call centre, Phase 1, has an outstanding bill of Rs 5.4 lakh while the Phase-1 police post is yet to pay Rs 4.93 lakh.
SEWA KENDRAS’ OUTSTANDING BILLS
The sewa kendras in Phase 5 and Jandpur village in SAS Nagar have to clear outstanding dues of more than ₹98,000 each while the sewa kendra at Dau village owes PSPCL Rs 25,000.
These sewa kendras were opened by the Punjab government to provide one-stop place to residents to get various approvals and certificates at one place.
Interestingly, Dau village has been adopted by MP Prem Singh Chandumajra as part of the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.
SCHOOLS, WATERWORKS ALSO IN LIST
Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 60, has an outstanding bill of Rs 47,000 while the power bill of Government Primary School, Phase 2, is over Rs 39,000.
The sanitation offices in Balongi and Badhmajra have to pay –Rs 23.46 lakh and Rs 22.71 lakh while the Phase-6 water works owes Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) Rs 31,000.