Patna, Aug. 12: The Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Ltd has decided to snap electricity connections of defaulters, especially government departments, who owe crores in energy dues.
Of the Rs 2,974 crore in accumulated dues, the government departments together owe the company about Rs 800 crore.
“The decision to snap power connections of those who owe energy dues was taken at a chief secretary-level meeting. Even in this month’s meeting, the chief secretary has directed the officials to either make payment of energy dues or face disconnection,” energy department secretary and chairman-cum-managing director of Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Ltd, Sandeep Poundrik, told The Telegraph.
Poundrik said distribution companies would start disconnecting power connections of government departments if they fail to make payments as early as possible. The crackdown would begin from September, he said.
The urban development department is the chief defaulter — it owes Rs 418.18 crore, a little more than half the total energy dues of Rs 796.57 crore totted up by government departments and undertakings. Poundrik said that since the department has agencies such as PMC and water board, which work for public utility work, they were given ample time of two months against the 15 days extended to other departments to pay up.
“As of today, both the distribution companies are facing liabilities of Rs 2,974 crore for payment against power purchase. The payment has to be made within a prescribed time limit failing which the supplier may reduce or stop the power supply at any time…Besides, the companies have to pay interest for delay also,” power company deputy general manager (PR) H.R. Pandey said.