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Pesu drive to collect arrears

Patna, March 25: Patna Electric Supply Undertaking (Pesu) has launched a weeklong special drive to tighten the noose against those who owe huge arrears to it.

Pesu’s drive is a part of the Bihar State Electricity Board’s three-month special drive, launched on since December 1, 2010, to realise arrears and check electricity thefts. The campaign was later extended to March 2011.

Consumers of all the seven area boards owe Rs 7,000 crore to the BSEB, of which around Rs 3,000 crore is owed by various government departments.

“We have launched an intense and special drive for a week to focus on the realisation of the long pending revenue dues from the consumers. We will disconnect the connections of those who have long pending dues. We would, then, ensure that nobody gets their connections restored unless their dues are cleared,” Pesu general manager-cum-chief engineer S.K.P. Singh told The Telegraph.

Pesu has realised around Rs 30 crore against the total actual and effective dues of Rs 70-Rs 75 crore during the ongoing drive, which the board is conducting throughout the state, since December 1, 2010, Singh said. “The momentum has been badly hampered four-five days during Holi and hence we want to make up for the loss during the special drive where our priority will be revenue realisation, especially of the dues that have been pending for long,” Singh said.

He expressed confidence that Pesu would be able to realise another Rs 10 to Rs 15 crores in March, the last month of the current fiscal.

Explaining about the new connections, the general manager said the undertaking would be giving connections to all those who have made applications for electricity connections till February 28, fulfilling all the formalities for getting new connections.

Singh said 1,400 to 1,500 applications were pending for new connections in the city alone, and added those who fulfilled the criteria, would be getting connections by March 31 and from April 1 onwards it would strictly ensure that connections are given instantly.

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