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Power discom to reward people for tracking defaulters

If you thought you have escaped paying an inflated power bill, think again.

gurgaon Updated: Jul 19, 2013 01:20 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

If you thought you have escaped paying an inflated power bill, think again.

The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has launched a bonus scheme for any person who tracks down former consumers with pending bills. In most cases, the connections were permanently disconnected and the premises remain ‘untraceable’.

According to the chairman and managing director of DHBVN, Devender Singh, 20% of the amount recovered shall be given to the person who traced such a defaulter. At present, the discom is trying to locate former consumers who disconnected power supply to their properties before December 2010.

A list with names of 200 defaulters in each supply circle in descending order of the amount they owe will go online in the next 15 days. The additional money will also be paid if power theft is detected at a particular premise after realization of dues.

Another scheme — one-time settlement with regular supply of electricity — would be available for rural domestic consumers (using Pillar Box System)who defaulted on bills till March 31, 2013.

“Under this scheme, a defaulter will have to pay only Rs 1,430 per annum, per kilowatt. Since a major part of the amount is surcharge, it has been waived off under the scheme,” he said.

The scheme will be applicable till July 31 next year.

Meanwhile, state power distribution corporations — Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam and Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam — said that nearly 30% more power was supplied n June 2013, compared to the corresponding period last year. The hiked supply brought in 42% more revenue, including a record collection of Rs 722.64 crore under the DHBVN. While Gurgaon topped the revenue tally with generation of Rs 336.50 crore, Faridabad made the coffers richer by Rs 192.52 crore.

First Published: Jul 19, 2013 01:18 IST