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Non-payment of power bills: Now, govt depts on PSPCL radar

After snapping power connections of political bigwigs, government departments are now on the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) radar for not paying their outstanding electricity bills.

punjab Updated: Feb 24, 2017 10:29 IST
HT Correspondent
The corporation has sent a notice to Bathinda Central Jail authorities to clear Rs 85 lakh power dues to avoid disconnection. The corporation has also cut power supply to water works in over 50 villages.
The corporation has sent a notice to Bathinda Central Jail authorities to clear Rs 85 lakh power dues to avoid disconnection. The corporation has also cut power supply to water works in over 50 villages. (HT Representative Image)

After snapping power connections of political bigwigs, government departments are now on the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) radar for not paying their outstanding electricity bills.

The corporation has sent a notice to Bathinda Central Jail authorities to clear Rs 85 lakh power dues to avoid disconnection. The corporation has also cut power supply to water works in over 50 villages. The water supply and sanitation department owes more Rs 2.5 crore to the PSPCL. In some cases, bills have not been paid for over a year.

After the February 4 polling in Punjab, the PSPCL spearheaded its campaign to collect arrears from government entities. Departments, including police and civil administration in three districts—Bathinda, Muktsar and Mansa — had outstanding power bill amounting to around Rs 140 crore.

One of senior officials of water supply and sanitation department said they have written to state government to release funds to clear power dues, but to no avail. “The delay in release of funds by the government delayed payment to the power corporation, thus resulting in piling up of the dues,” said an official.

Water supply and sanitation department executive engineer Jaswinder Singh said they have sought time from the PSPCL to clear dues and requested them to restore connection so the water supply to villages is restored. “The PSCPL has restored power connections to some water works and the process has been initiated to clear dues,” he said.

Meanwhile, PSPCL’s executive engineer LK Bansal said strict action would be taken against defaulters, including government departments and commercial users.

“The water supply and sanitation department assured to clear dues before March 31 following which we have started restoring their power connections,” he said.

NOTICE ISSUED TO WATER SUPPLY DEPT

FARIDKOT: The PSPCL has issued a notice to the water supply and sanitation department in Faridkot to pay Rs 2.30 crore power bill to avoid disconnection.

Deputy chief engineer, PSPCL, Faridkot, Inderjeet Singh said water works comes under the category of essential commodities but it doesn’t mean that the department can get away without paying power bill. If the department fails to clear dues by Monday, the power connection would be snapped, he said.

The department supplies around 10 lakh gallons of water in Faridkot daily.

Meanwhile, the power corporation on Thursday snapped power supply to water works of Arianwala village, which owes Rs 25 lakh as electricity bill.

Power supply to the Faridkot Jail was also snapped on Thursday for some hours as it owes nearly Rs 1.50 crore to the PSPCL. The jail authorities assured of paying the bill in a week after which the power supply was restored.