Connections rise, but revenue falls
IT IS paradoxical but true that revenue from temporary irrigation pump connections in rural areas of Indore and in Dharampuri tehsil of Dhar district has declined by Rs 67 lakh this year as on January 21 in comparison to the corresponding period last year in spite of the increase in number of temporary connections this year.
The catch lies in the fact that last year more than 90 per cent of the temporary irrigation pump connections were for a period of three months but this year owing to insufficient rainfall the scenario has metamorphosed and 50 per cent connections were taken for a period of one-month.
Talking to Hindustan Times, MP Western Region Electricity Distribution Company superintending engineer said that this year nearly 50 per cent of pump connections were for duration of one-month, 30 per cent were for three months and 20 per cent were for two months. This has resulted in decline in revenue collection this year.
The superintending engineer added that the Rabi season would end very soon and there would be addition in number of connections till March 31 and the figure is likely to touch 30,000 by the end of the season.
This year till January 21, 28,594 temporary connections were taken by farmers in rural areas of Indore and in Dharampuri tehsil of Dhar district. While last year in the corresponding period number of temporary connections was 26,053. Thus this year number of temporary connections has increased by 2,541 as on January 21.
Till last month on an average about 100 connections were released in rural areas of Indore per day but now this number has dropped dramatically and these days only about 20 connections are taken by farmers per day.
The superintending engineer maintained that this is a never ending process as farmers need to irrigate their fields for some crop or the other but during April and May when the heat becomes very intense and water table drops dramatically and no crop is grown then farmers hardly take any connections.
Drop in water table renders irrigation pumps non-functional consequently this year farmers preferred one-month connections over three-month connections. Besides this the problem was compounded since some farmers were operating these pumps even after expiry of the sanctioned time period.
Decline in revenue
This year nearly 50% of pump connections were for duration of one-month, 30% were for three months and 20% were for two months. This has resulted in decline in revenue collection this year.
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