16 January 2020
Bhubaneswar: Connections of 1545 defaulters were cut-off and Rs 5.38 crore balance amount was collected during the first day of the Collection-cum-Disconnection Drive organised by Central Electricity Supply Utility (CESU) on Thursday.
Around 13411 commercial consumers were touched by 533 Special Disconnection Squads. Out of these, power supply was disconnected for 1545 consumers. The amount collected does not include online payments which will be known by tomorrow.
CESU has also received complaints from around 3971 consumers on bill revision. 2346 Nos of consumers have availed installment facilities for making arrears payment.
On December 10 last year, CESU had announced to start Collection-cum-Disconnection Drive from January 16, 2020, covering the defaulting consumers. Accordingly, CESU started Disconnection Drive today morning in its 247 Sections under 20 Distribution Divisions against defaulting commercial establishments.
On the 1st day CESU had focused on arrear collection and receipt of consumer grievances on bill disputes rather than more number of disconnections. CESU Authorities have advised all its field units to keep the collection counter open from early morning till late evening to facilitate the consumer to pay their arrear dues.
As announced earlier, the Collection – cum- Disconnection drive will be continued in a phased manner. In the First phase Disconnection Squad of CESU will touch the Commercial consumers. In this connection, CESU is pleased to announce that commercial consumers of Saheednagar & Baramunda have cleared their arrear dues in full on the 1st day of drive itself.
In the Second phase of disconnection drive CESU will focus on domestic consumers having huge outstanding arrears and high value consumers like houses having Air Conditioners, four wheeler, multistoried building, Income Tax payer, etc and having huge outstanding. In the Third Phase, Disconnection Drive will cover rest of the consumers.
CESU has expressed its sincere thanks to 14,000 consumers (Approx.) who have come forward to clear their arrear dues in full or part on 16.01.2020. CESU has also urged the remaining defaulting consumers to extend their cooperation in clearing their electricity dues.