PUNE: The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited's (MSEDCL) Pune zone intensified its bill recovery drive from Tuesday to recover Rs 133 crore arrears from around seven lakh customers in Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad, Mulshi, Junnar, Ambegaon, Maval and Khed talukas.
Around 1,400 employees, including engineers, officers and janamitra (on-field staffers) were briefed by Regional Director Sanjay Taksande and Chief Engineer MG Shinde. The employees have been divided into teams, each comprising 25 to 50 members. An updated daily disconnection list of consumers who have not paid the electricity bill is being given to the employees.
The power utility has also decided to put up lists of consumers having arrears of more than Rs 1,000 in different offices of the company. Once power supply of a defaulter is disconnected, he/she will have to clear the arrears and then have to show the receipt to the local office of the distribution company and pay reconnection charges for the resumption of power supply.
Sanjay Taksande said, “At present, there is a financial crisis in Mahavitaran due to electricity bills. Good work was done in the last two months (November and December) during the special campaign. But this month, it is necessary to work with the aim of zero dues and if there is an outstanding, the power supply will be discontinued.”
‘ZERO-DUES’ CAMPAIGN TO CONTINUE
The MSEDCL has disconnected electricity supply of 19,452 consumers due to non-payment of dues in January. Those who got their connections disconnected include households, commercial as well as industrial consumers from Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad and rural areas within Pune division. The power utility took this action under its special three-day ‘Zero-Dues’ campaign, which will continue on weekends and public holidays. The due amount was Rs 10.84 crore.