EVEN AS the Chandigarh electricity department is struggling to bridge the gap between its revenue and expenditure, it has failed to recover outstanding bills amounting to over Rs 10 crore.
The gap between revenue and expenditure stands at Rs 1,127.69 crore. Following directions of the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC), the department has prepared a list of defaulters, which include government offices, residential and commercial buildings.
As per the list, which features a total of 270 defaulters, the department has to recover Rs 19.26 lakh from Dhillon Complex, Rs 17 lakh from New JS industry and Rs 15 lakh from Real Tech City Emporium in Industrial Area. Among the government offices, the department has to recover Rs 20.63 lakh from Civil Secretariat, Rs 16 lakh from Punjab Civil Secretariat, Rs 8.93 lakh from Lake Club and Rs 6.37 lakh from Mountview.
Out of the 270 defaulters, the department has disconnected connections of around 50 per cent consumers while the remaining are tangled in dispute with the department.
UT superintending engineer M P Singh maintains that they are in the process of recovering dues from consumers, whose connections have been disconnected. Efforts are on to resolve the dispute at the earliest so that the outstanding dues can be recovered. “The defaulters have failed to clear the bills despite repeated reminders and notices,” says Singh.
The electricity department caters to 2.12 lakh consumers, of whom 1.75 lakh are in the domestic category. Of the total, there is regular billing of around 94 per cent of consumers.