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Pesu lags in revenue collection

Patna Electric Supply Undertaking (Pesu) could only mop up revenue to the tune of Rs 60 crore in April against a target of Rs 93 crore despite several special drives.

On the reason for a shortfall in collection and decline, an official said: “The revenue collection has not declined. We have already realised a major portion of arrears and dues.”

“Pesu has collected Rs 60 crore as revenue in April against Rs 93 crore. Patna east has contributed Rs 24 crore, while the western division has generated the remaining,” another official said.

Pesu, on an average, has been able to mop up revenue collection of Rs 70 crore to Rs 90 crore in the past.

Pesu supplies power to urban Patna and its 10 divisions have been divided into Patna east and west.

Sources said earlier, a good amount of money termed energy dues could not be realised even though Pesu was trying hard, adding that since the undertaking has realised a good amount of dues from defaulters, the revenue collection has become stagnant.

The energy dues were a reason for fixing a high collection target, he said.


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