PDD cuts power of bill defaulters

Power development department (PDD) Friday disconnected the power supply of customers who have an outstanding amount on their bills in Rajouri and Poonch districts.

Executive engineer, power development department, Poonch, Maqbool Naik told Greater Kashmir: “Around 150 domestic connections across the district have been disconnected on Friday. Besides, many connections were disconnected in the past few days as well.”

Executive engineer, power development department, Rajouri, Munshi Khan said, “Teams of the department are conducting a special drive against the bill defaulters across the district. Around 80 connections have been disconnected in the past few days, with 40 disconnected on Friday alone.”

He further said that the department is going to disconnect all power connections where bills are outstanding.

Meanwhile, among the connections disconnected on Friday include over 21 government offices, the executive engineer, Rajouri, said, adding that the outstanding had swollen to several lakhs.

He said, “A team, led by junior engineer Asif Nisar, inspector Inam Ullah and linemen Khalil Ahmed, Mohammad Liyaqit and Younis Ahmed Maadev, during a daylong field visit, disconnected the power supply of several government offices in Jawahar Nagar, Panja Chowk, Salani bridge and ITI road area.”

He further said, “The offices of which the connections were disconnected include office of deputy chief medical officer complex, Jawahar Nagar, animal husbandry department office, Rajouri, deputy superintendent of police office, auxillary branch, fire service station, Rajouri, office of assistant executive engineer workshop of power development department, divisional forest officer, Rajouri, social forestry hut of divisional forest officer, Rajouri, state board of school education, branch Rajouri, office of divisional forest officer (timber), Rajouri, conservator forest office, Rajouri, deputy manager forest corporation, Rajouri, executive engineer irrigation and flood control department, Rajouri, assistant executive engineer flood control and irrigation department, Rajouri, superintendent engineer hydraulic circle, Rajouri, divisional forest officer social forestry, assistant director office and complex food supply, Rajouri.”

Besides, the connections of several public sector places, including petrol pumps, were also disconnected.