With an aim to maximise its recovery, powercorporation Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd in Bijnor has now decided to sever power connections of an entire village if more than 80% of its residents are found to be not paying bills. According to officials, around 4 lakh families in the district have power connections and the pending dues have reached Rs 300 crore. A majority of defaulters are from rural areas and a list of such people is being put together.
According to data provided a senior official at PVVNL, the power corporation has been facing 30% technical and commercial losses in the district and the unpaid amount by consumers has been increasing with each passing day. “With a fixed bill, the number of hours of electricity supply to villages has been increased from 8-12 to 16-18. About 14 crore units of power is being supplied to these 4 lakh consumers,” the official said.
Apart from other measures, PVVNL teams have started conducting raids to curb power thefts, 4,253 cases of which have been detected in the past one year. FIRs have been registered in 4,148 of these cases. Read More…
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