NC’s Nawa-e-Subah in PDD’s defaulters list

Owes Rs 7.80 Lakh Electricity Charges To Power Department

MUDDASIR ALI

Srinagar, Jan 31: Nawa-e-Subah, the headquarters of ruling National Conference here, figures in the fresh list of consumers who have defaulted on payment of electricity bills to the Power Development Department (PDD).
In the list, which appeared in some local dailies, the PDD has shown that the pending electricity bill against the owner of the Nawa-e-Subah is Rs 7.80 lakhs.
The Department has served two-week ‘disconnection notice’ to the Nawa-e-Subah owner along with 49 other defaulters in different power divisions of Kashmir to liquidate balance electricity charges, failing which their power installations would be disconnected. The defaulters also include politicians, their relatives, businessmen, and government institutions. Many of these defaulters were warned by the PDD on January 17 to clear the dues.
They include the famed Hari Niwas Palace owned by senior Congress leader and former Sadr-e-Riyasat, who owes Rs 83.34 lakhs as power tariff to the PDD; M/S Simula Software Solutions & Research Centre, Jammu, owned by son of Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather (Rs 31.91 lakhs), Irfan Raza Ansari C/O Access, who is the son of senior Peoples Democratic Party leader, Moulvi Iftikhar Ansari (Rs 9.18 lakhs).
Some prominent business establishments who have defaulted include Tramboo Joinery Mills in Kashmir (Rs 93.95 lakhs), Airtel, Qamarwari here (Rs 10.43 lakhs), Tramboo Cement Industries (Rs 1.5 crore), INFRATEL LTD (Rs 22.28 lakhs), INFRATEL LTD (Rs 15.27 lakhs). The Renuka Food Process in Samba has defaulted on the highest payments of over Rs 10.48 crore.
The defaulters also include Army Goodwill School, Lidroo Pahalgam (Rs 24.24 lakhs), and several cellular companies including Tata, BSNL and Reliance.
Over the years the government has been critical of consumers who have defaulted on payment of electricity bills. The Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who is also working president of the National Conference, has time and again made critical remarks against the non-paying consumers and those resorting to power theft. “Power in JK is the second cheapest in the country after Sikkim. How about all of you, complaining about load-shedding, start paying market price,” Omar, who also holds power portfolio, wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.com in June last year.
Last month the PDD authorities told Greater Kashmir that they have decided to crack whip on the defaulting consumers to recover the arrears.
Starting the drive the department warned at least 130 consumers against whom the individual electricity bills had gone up to Rs 10 lakh or above to clear the outstanding.
The pending electricity arrears against the consumers in all categories have gone up to Rs 1160 crore with government departments emerging as biggest defaulters having an outstanding of Rs 810 crore and the remaining consumers including those in domestic and commercial category have defaulted on around Rs 350 crore.
The under recoveries has been the biggest problem faced by the PDD which is struggling to enhance its performance.
The losses on account of purchase and supply of electricity touched an all time high of around Rs 1900 crore during 2011-12 and were pegged to cross around Rs 2100 by the end of this fiscal due to mismatch between revenue collection and power purchase.
While the PDD purchased electricity worth Rs 3100 crore from different Grids and power stations during 2011-12, it collected Rs 1203 crore only as power revenue against the target of Rs 1600 crore.
For the ongoing financial year the government revised revenue target to around Rs 1800 crore. But it is expected to fall short of targets.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 31 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 31 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 1 Feb 2013 00:00:00 IST




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