In the wake of outstanding bill of Rs 5 lakh of a dysfunctional canteen, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) snapped the electricity supply to the entire Silvi Park in Phase 10, SAS Nagar, leaving the park as well as the library running in the recreational park in darkness.
The Silvi Park is one of the recreational parks in SAS Nagar that were taken over by the municipal corporation (MC) in October last year from Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA).
This is not first time when the electricity connection of the park has been snapped. Earlier in February 2016 too, the supply of electricity was snapped after GMADA failed to pay Rs 7.82 lakh electricity bill of the park, while the electricity bill of the canteen was Rs 5 lakh. The connection of the park was restored then after paying the bill however bill of canteen still was not paid. The bill was to be paid by the contractor to whom the canteen was outsourced by the SAS Nagar MC.
However, the residents of the area were at the receiving end as they were forced to take their morning and evening walks in dark owing to no electricity connection.
A senior officer of the electricity department confirmed that the connection of the Silvi Park was disconnected owing to non-payment of the outstanding dues as per rules.
As three contractors of the canteen have been changed over the years, MC is now struggling to ascertain how much amount is pending against which contractor so that they can recover the outstanding dues as electricity bill.
“We have already given notice to the previous contractors to whom the canteen was outsourced. We have cleared all the bills of the park as well as the library. The PSPCL team had by mistake disconnected the power supply to the park and the library. We have taken up the matter with the officials and the connection to the park will be restored by the evening,” said Avneet Kaur, joint commissioner, MC, SAS Nagar.
“For the last three days, I have been contacting different officials to sort out the matter as a large number of senior citizens walk in the park and complain about the issue,” said Hardeep Singh Sarao, councillor of the area.
blurb: The canteen situated in the park had an outstanding electricity bill of ₹5 lakh, which was to be paid by the contractor to whom the canteen was outsourced by the SAS Nagar MC