14 January 2020
Bhubaneswar: In a major relief for domestic power consumers, the Central Electricity Supply Utility (CESU) today announced that it would execute the disconnection drive in phases. In the initial phase, the Utility will target defaulting commercial and high-value customers only.
CESU stated that this decision was taken in view of public interest to allow more time to household consumers to pay the arrears. On December 10, CESU had announced to start an arrear collection cum disconnection drive from January 16.
The Utility had pending arrears of Rs 1,971 crore to be collected from more than seven lakhs consumers at the end of November 2019. After the announcement of the collection cum disconnection drive more than one lakh customers have paid their pending bills.
"However a good number of consumers have approached CESU and requested for more time for paying the arrears. Many consumers have raised disputes regarding faulty bills and requested for rectifications so that they can make payments," CESU informed today.
The disconnection drive will commence on January 16 as planned earlier but now it will be conducted in a phased manner. In the first phase the disconnection squads of CESU will target only the defaulter commercial establishments, the Utility added.
CESU has said that in the first phase of disconnection drive, CESU would touch only Commercial consumers for collection of arrear dues. The second phase of disconnection drive will focus on affluent and high-value domestic consumers keeping huge outstanding arrears.
It will include high load domestic consumers having multi-storied house, air conditioners, four-wheeler etc. Those who pay income tax but not clearing their electricity dues will also be included in the list.
In the third phase of disconnection drive, all other consumers will be covered. It will specially focus on the consumers who have not paid electricity dues for years together.
"The Utility has requested all its customers to pay their pending bills. CESU has huge deficits and pending bills to be paid to GIRDCO for the electricity it purchases. It has also sought support from all stakeholders for the drive," CESU stated.