Bhubaneswar: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Central Electricity Supply Utility (CESU), Arun Bothra, on Tuesday, requested all the consumers to pay their outstanding electricity dues by January 15, 2020, or face disconnection.
Briefing media, Bothra informed that CESU is dealing with a poor financial condition. While it is trying to provide uninterrupted electricity and better services to consumers, lakhs of them have not paid their power arrears for years.
Power arrears accumulated over the years amount to Rs 1,971 crore. Dues over Rs 50,000 amounting to Rs 691 crore is pending with 58,548 consumers. Similarly, dues of last two years amounting to Rs 394 crore is pending with 1,04,000 consumers.
While Rs 1023 crore is pending with 92 percent domestic consumers, Rs 108 crores pending with 7.1 percent commercial consumers.
Bothra questioned how the CESU can continue providing services with such huge arrears. Therefore he requested the consumers to clear the dues or their power supply will be disconnected.
He said there is no other option then power disconnection. He asked consumers to pay the dues by January 15, 2020, as the disconnection drive will start from January 16, 2020.
Notices in this regard will be posted at all Panchayat Offices, Police Stations and other prominent places under CESU’s jurisdiction. The defaulters will be intimated through SMS or by post. Besides, leaflets and advertisements will be given in newspapers.
CESU will take every possible measure to inform the consumers so that they can clear the dues and avail better service in return.