SRINAGAR: The state government, armed forces, NGOs and top business houses have figured in list of defaulters of Power Development Department’s (PDD). According to the list, the consumers who have not paid their dues since 2012 include Army Good Will School Lodroo, Pahalgam which owes Rs 24.44 lakh to PDD, Gh Nabi Nadaf owner of Ikhwan Hotel occupied by CRPF which owes Rs 10.4 lakh, Bharat Sanchar Nigham Ltd, Gandhinagar office which owes Rs 12.87 lakh, Reliance Communication which owes Rs 14.55 and Airtel owes Rs 21.43 lakh.
Similarly state government entities like JK Minerals owes Rs 260 lakh, Bhillawar Chairman Municipal(Committee) owes 48.36 lakh and Manager Hari Niwas Palace owes Rs 82.34 lakh to the department. Secretary of the internationally renowned NGO Red Cross owes Rs 14.22 lakh.
The list contains names of 132 defaulters, of which 104 are from Jammu, while the rest are from the Kashmir. The publicized defaulters owe more than Rs 123 crore, of which more than Rs 100 crore are from the Jammu region.
“Two week’s disconnection notice is hereby issued to the defaulting consumers having past arrears on account of electricity charges… These consumers are requested to liquidate the balance electricity charges within two weeks falling which their installation shall be disconnected without further notice. The connection shall not be reconnected unless the consumer deposits the pas dues,” reads the notification issued by the PDD. The department has also warned consumers having pending dues less than Rs 10 lakh of making the names public.
In the past the PDD has also made the names of defaulters public however not much amount was recovered. At present the state pays more than Rs 2500 crore each year to meet the energy requirements in the state.