PSPCL yet to recover Rs 24 crorefrom various govt departments
The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) might be proactive in recovering power bills of domestic consumers, but it doesn't show the same alacrity when it comes to recovering the bills from different government departments.
This is reflected from the fact that PSPCL in Bathinda circle, comprising Bathinda and Mansa districts, is yet to recover Rs 24 crore from different government departments. The amount was due by January 31 which, as per sources in many cases, is lying pending for the past over five years. The record is in the statement of pending amount of the circle.
The sources disclosed that the major part of the due amount, Rs 22.13 crore is for electricity provided to the industrial segment, which mainly includes for water supply, irrigation schemes and reverse osmosis plants set up for providing clean drinking water facility to residents.
Similarly, Rs 1.61 crore is to be recovered from government departments covered under the non-residential services category, which mainly includes hospitals and other government offices.
In addition to this, Rs 7 lakh is pending with government departments under the domestic services category, which mainly includes schools and colleges.
Confirming this, an official in Rampura division said that Rs 4 crore was yet to be recovered from different government institutions in the division. Also, an official from Budhlada division said that though he can't recall the exact figure, but the amount certainly is in crores.
The division-wise situation reveals that the Maur division was to recover Rs 7.37 crore, Mansa division Rs 4.52 crore, Rampura Rs 4.04 crore, Budhlada Rs 3.78 crore, Bhagta Rs 1.02 crore and Bathinda Rs 3.60 crore.
However, superintendent engineer, Bathinda circle, Inderjit Garg when contacted, denied to accept these figures and said that only a small amount is to be recovered from different departments which, he said, he could reveal only after checking the records. He said that the department sends letters to the departments concerned for payment of pending bills time to time and recovering bills is a regular process.
Division-wise recoverable amount
Maur: Rs 7.37 crore
Mansa: Rs 4.52 crore
Rampura: Rs 4.04 crore
Budhlada: Rs 3.78 crore
Bathinda: Rs 3.60 crore
Bhagta: Rs 1.02 crore