Power utility recovers over 50 crore dues from defaulters

The Pune zone of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) has recovered Rs 51.85 crore from defaulters during the past one-and-a-half months. The company has disconnected supply to over 65,000 consumers during the same period for failing to pay electricity bills.

A statement issued by the distribution company said the recovery drive targeted defaulters in domestic, commercial, industrial and agriculture categories in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad cities and Mulshi, Manchar and Rajgurunagar divisions. Over 1.47 lakh defaulters cleared dues worth Rs 51.85 crore in total.

In July, about 1.06 lakh defaulters cleared total dues of Rs 38.46 crore, while electricity supply to 48,120 consumers was disconnected. Power supply to 1,130 consumers was permanently disconnected as they failed to pay bills worth Rs 3 crore in total, the statement said.

During the first 15 days of August, more than 41,000 defaulters paid Rs 13.39 crore in total. These included 31,050 domestic consumers (Rs 8.16 crore), 6,995 commercial consumers (Rs 2.82 crore), 1,719 industrial consumers (Rs 1.63 crore) and 1,987 agricultural consumers (Rs 79 lakh).

However, power supply to 17,241 defaulters who did not pay total bills worth Rs 8.24 crore despite repeated appeals, was disconnected. Among them, supply to 989 consumers who owed Rs 1.37 crore in total has been disconnected permanently.

Meanwhile, the distribution company has reactivated its all-women Damini squad that checks electricity meters to expose power thefts and detects non-functioning meters. The squad, comprising women engineers and staff, detected billing discrepancies of 63 lakh units and recovered Rs 9.7 lakh in the Pune zone during the past one month.

The squad is given a list of consumers after the contractor concerned has completed taking meter readings.


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