To improve the financial condition of the Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL), officials are concentrating on recovering dues from defaulting consumers.
In the Jalandhar circle of PSPCL alone, the recoverable amount has crossed Rs 8 crore. PSPCL senior officials posted in Patiala are pressing hard the circle level officials for the recovery of the amount. The stress is to reduce this big amount as much as possible by the end of this financial year.
Superintending engineer, Jalandhar circle, Gopal Sharma said they have recovered Rs 1 crore from defaulters. Now, they are working to recover the remaining Rs 7 crore. He said they had been issuing notices to such consumers and if the dues were mot cleared, legal proceeding would be initiated against the defaulters.
Sources said the Model Town sub-division has the maximum defaulters, with pending bills of Rs 4.76 crore, while the recovery to be made from the east division is Rs 2.28 crore.
Sources in PSPCL said in the previous years, the recovery of pending power bills was not given much priority and due to this defaulting amount piled up. There are many cases where officials could not disconnect the electricity connection despite the non-payment of the bill because of political pressure.
Sources added, senior officials from Patiala were supervising the recovery and special attention was being given to cases where the amount was more than Rs 50,000. Instructions have also been issued to the staff to pursue these cases on a regular basis to reduce loss and take quick action in case any consumer defaults on paying the bill.