Dhubri, March 31: An acute power crisis since last week has prompted Dhubri BJP town mondal committee to campaign among consumers to stop paying electricity bills from next month.
The committee alleged that consumers have not been getting minimum supply of power for many years. But in recent time, power supply has gone down to two to three hours a day which has affected all. So it was decided that the committee will start a signature campaign among consumers to stop payment of bills from next month.
President of the committee Sushanta Kar said the prolonged power cuts have become absolutely unbearable now.
“There is no limit to load shedding now and one cannot keep counting how many times power goes off in 24 hours. So what is the use of paying bills when there is hardly any power?” Kar asked.
He said the Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd is doing business and consumers have every right to stop payment if they do not get adequate power supply.
The committee will start collecting consumers’ signatures to stop bill payment and create awareness about power supply and its tariff.
The Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd has been realising almost Rs 6 per unit and Rs 10 from domestic and commercial consumers, a committee source said.
Gauripur divisional manager of Lower Assam Power Distribution Company, Mukul Patowary, said during peak hours, the total power requirement in the division is 36MW and 26MW during non-peak hours, but they have not been getting even half the requirement.
“During peak hours, we receive sometimes up to 15MW and 9MW to 10MW during non-peak hours. Recently in our meeting at Rangiya on March 29, I emphatically laid down our power requirement. Moreover, a meeting on the requirement and distribution of power is likely to be held on April 7,” Patowary said.
Gauripur division does not cover the entire Dhubri district as the South Salmara-Mancachar sub-division and the Chapor area of Dhubri district are under the jurisdiction of another power distribution company.