Patiala: The Patiala Municipal Corporation (MC) is facing a peculiar situation as it has to recover a defaulting amount of Rs 20 lakh from employees residing in government quarters at Rajpura Colony.
Various other departments’ figure in the list which take the total amount to be collected to mammoth Rs 3.50 crore.
MC has decided to start a special drive for the recovery of default payment after March 15 and has decided to disconnect the electricity connections of the erring defaulters.
Till date MC has already issued notices to over 200 defaulters. It’s learnt that MC Commissioner, Gurpal Singh Chahal has also gave green signal to make the recovery.
Sources said to Daily Post that MC authorities had intimated about the defaulters to estate office, which deals with the allotment and re-allotment of quarters to government employees.
The estate office failed miserably to perform their duties and provided no dues certificates to employees vacating these quarters.
Most of the allottes either retired or transferred their quarters after getting the NOC’s from estate office. As a result an amount of Rs 20 lakh for Water Supply and Sewerage arrears cropped up.
The government departments which owe money include Police Station Kotwali (Rs 1.40 Lakh), Police Station Number 2 (Rs 1 Lakh), Police Station Tripuri (Rs 70,000), Police Station 4 No. Division ( Rs 70,000), Government Printing Press (Rs 2.50 Lakh), Mata Kaushalya Hospital (Rs 1.14 Lakh), Government Khushdeava Singh Memorial TB Hospital (Rs 60,000), Government Kothies situated in Baradari Garden’s, Model Town and Leela Bhawan (Rs17 Lakh), Civil Surgeon Office, DEO office and office of the town planning offices (Rs 1.25 Lakh), SDO Ablowal (BML),(Rs 19.50 Lakh) and SDO, Lehal Division, Pepsu Bhakra Colony (Rs1.67 Lakh).
Mayor Amarinder Singh Bajaj accepted that due to the negligence of estate office MC is finding it hard to recover Rs 20 lakh. Bajaj said that MC has wrote several letters in this connection to estate officer but to no avail. He added that so far over 200 to defaulters have been sent and more notices are in the coming.
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