Chandigarh: The major government-owned installation in Chandigarh have been cause of the major loss to the UT Electricity Department as they are one of the major defaulters for outstanding power bills. UT is to recover Rs 10 crore as outstanding power bills from such defaulters. The government installation like UT Civil Secretariat, Punjab Civil Secretariat, Lake Club, Hotel Mount View owe a major chunk of the revenue in the form of power bills to UT. Following directions of the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC), the department has prepared a list of defaulters, which include government offices, residential and commercial buildings. UT Superintending Engineer M P Singh said that the list figures 270 defaulters and the department has already disconnected the connections of 50 per cent of such defaulters. He said, “We have already issued notices to such defaulters and now we are into the process of disconnecting the electricity connections.”
According to the list prepared by the UT Electricity Department, UT Civil Secretariat owes Rs 20.63 lakh whereas Punjab Civil Secretariat owes Rs 16 lakh as power bills to UT. Similarly, Lake Club owes Rs 8.93 lakh and hotel Mount View owes Rs 6.37 lakh. The department also has to recover Rs 19.26 lakh from Dhillon Complex, Rs 17 lakh from New J S industry and Rs 15 lakh from Real Tech City Emporium in Industrial Area are some of the major defaulters. UT Superintending Engineer M P Singh maintains that they are in the process of recovering dues from consumers, whose connections have been disconnected. Efforts are on to resolve the dispute at the earliest so that the outstanding dues can be recovered. He also added that the electricity department caters to 2.12 lakh consumers, of whom 1.75 lakh are in the domestic category. Of the total, there is regular billing of around 94 per cent of consumers.
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