Power defaulters owe discoms Rs 6,800 crore

Since over Rs 6,800 crore needs to be recovered from defaulters of the Haryana power distribution companies, the focus of the department has shifted to areas in Haryana where there is a “culture” of not paying electricity bills. The department is also contemplating on naming defaulters.

The situation under the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) is grim. Till December 2020, there are over 15.59 lakh defaulting connections and against them, Rs 4,754.08 crore amount is pending.

Under private connections, a total of 15.43 lakh connections have default amount of Rs 4,249.33 crore against them. As many as 8.25 lakh (53.5 per cent) connections alone are falling in the rural domestic category, against which Rs 2,612.44 crore is pending.

The second worst is the domestic urban category where Rs 611.60 crore is due against 3.62 lakh connections. Also, Rs 461.42 crore is pending against 26,592 connections in the industrial sector while 1.64 lakh connections in the agriculture sector have default amount of Rs 82.44 crore against them.

Also, 3.25 lakh connections have been disconnected against which Rs 1.890.37 crore has been outstanding.

Tribune India
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