Bhubaneswar, Dec 10 (LocalWire) Central Electricity Supply Utility (CECU), the power distribution company of Odisha, on Tuesday asked domestic consumers and commercial organisations to pay the cumulative arrear dues of about Rs 1971 crore by January 15 failing which the company will be forced to disconnect supply.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CESU Arun Bothra said the consumers will be asked to pay up the pending arrear bills through SMS, newspaper advertisement and putting up notices in panchayat offices and police stations before disconnecting the supply to their respective homes/offices/business establishments.
The drive will be intensified from January 16 to disconnect power connection of those who fail to clear their dues.
Those who intend to pay the dues in instalments may do so through six instalments and apply for the purpose in CESU office.
Bothra said among the defaulters, 92 per cent are domestic consumers, 7.1 per cent are commercial hubs like shops and malls and the remaining are industrial units and other government and private offices.
Arrear bills to the tune of Rs 1023 crore is pending with the domestic consumers of which 1.04 lakh customers have not paid their bills for the past two years and the amount alone comes to of Rs 394 crore.
Dues of over Rs 50,000 amounting to Rs 691 crore are pending over 58,000 consumers, he said.
Besides, out of the total arrear bills, there is dispute in the collection of Rs 209 crore of which Rs 108 crore, Bothra said.
Stating that CESU’s financial condition is not good, he said payment of arrear dues pending for years will help the company provide better service to the consumers.