Discoms may snap power supply to govt institutions
Government departments in the state may soon plunge into darkness as the distribution companies operating in Orissa are firm on snapping the power supply for non- payment of electricity dues.
“We have no options but to disconnect the power supply to the government consumers after 30th April. We will issue seven days notice to the faulting departments of the state government adhering to the directions of the High Court,” said AK Bohra, Chief Executive Officer of Reliance Infrastructure owned three distribution companies-North Eastern Electricity Supply Company of Orissa Limited (NESCO), Western Electricity Supply Company of Orissa Limited (WESCO) and Southern Electricity Supply Company of Orissa Limited (SOUTHCO).
In case of dispute in the billings, the government bodies are directed to pay the admitted dues, he added.
Besides, the officials of the discoms are also taking proactive steps to get the outstanding amount reconciled so that no cases of disputes arise.
Sources said electricity dues of around Rs 414.88 crore, as on 29 February 2012, are pending on the government offices, urban local bodies (ULBs) and public sector undertaking (PSUs) functioning in the state. WESCO and SOUTHCO have raised bills of Rs 85.34 crore and Rs 87.44 crore as outstanding against various government concerns.
Similarly, NESCO has topped the list among the four discoms having receivables of Rs 138.10 crore by February end. Central Electricity Supply Unit (CESU) has an arrear bill of about Rs 104 crore against the government organizations by February end.
The state housing and urban development department tops the defaulters list having outstanding amount of Rs 51.38 crore to the Wesco, Southco and Nesco followed by Panchayati Raj department having arrears of Rs 14.13 crore .
Reports said, urban local bodies have arrears of Rs 87.45 crore, followed by PSUs Rs 88.59 crore and cooperatives Rs 2 crore to Southco, Wesco and Nesco.
It may be noted that the High Court while disposing of a PIL on 30 March, filed by Keonjhar Naba Nirman Samiti through its secretary Dillip Mohapatra challenging electricity tariff hike by OERC for 2011-12 has directed the government to ensure payment of the dues by end-April or else the discoms are at liberty to disconnect power supply by giving them seven days notice.
Source: Business Standard