Power department mulls cutting power supply to defaulters en masse

Power department mulls cutting power supply to defaulters en masse

Srinagar: The Power Development Department (PDD) plans to disconnect en masse electricity connections of power tariff defaulters in a bid to increase recovery of dues.
The extreme step is being taken to achieve the revenue target of Rs 1400 crore by the end of this financial year.
The directions to this effect have been issued by the Power Development Commissioner Gul Ayaz during a meeting, Kashmir Reader has learnt.
The department has been asked to disconnect electricity supply lines of defaulters by March end, said PDD chief engineer Bashir Ahmad Khan.
Ayaz said though “it was not an order, but the move would ensure speedy revenue realization”.
“We haven’t issued any order for mass disconnections. But efforts have to be made to recover outstanding bills. We want to achieve the target and amnesty period for defaulters is also coming to an end,” Ayaz said.
The department has set a target of Rs 1400 crore this year but is falling short by half. Sources in the department said that though they would not be able to achieve the target but efforts would be made to get as close to it as possible.
“We have realized Rs 715 crore last year. Till date we have generated Rs 716 crore and would add around Rs 100-150 crore by March end. Still we will be short of realizing the actual target,” an insider said.
The state faced revenue deficit amounting to Rs 3913.50 crore during financial year 2014-15 and the liabilities are expected to reach Rs 6949 crore by March end.
Last year, the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC) had found no merit in blaming the people for the losses and instead held PDD responsible for not installing meters in the unmetered areas. The panel had recommended that the power be supplied to areas on the basis of the power losses they incur.

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