Haryana Bijli Nigam to proceed against defaulting consumers

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Hisar, Oct 21: Haryana Power Transmission and Distribution Corporation Chairmen Lt Gen (retd) O S Lohchab has taken a serious view of the 4.50 lakh defaulting power consumers in the area of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) and has directed the officers concerened to immediately disconnect electricity connections of consumers who fail to pay their bills.

He has directed the officers of DHBVN to give a seven days notice to the consumer and then proceed with the disconnection.

Addressing the DHBVN officers in a review meeting here on Oct 20, Gen Lohchab asked them to launch a massive campaign of disconnection on account of non payment of bills. The field officers were given targets of disconnecting the non paying consumers.

The chairman directed the officers that a consumer who is declared a defaulter for the first cycle will be disconnected from the pole. If a consumer is a defaulter for second cycle, cable and energy meter will be removed.

In case a consumer is defaulter for the third cycle, the whole electrical system meant for the consumer will be removed.

He said that The Electricity Bills Waiver Scheme evoked a good response in the area of DHBVN. Out of total 6.23 lakh non paying consumers, as on June 16, 2005 when the scheme was launched, more than 4.03 lakh consumers opted for the scheme and started paying their current bills regularly.

Thus, about 65 per cent of the defaulting consumers have started paying their bills regularly. The number of defaulting tubewell consumers was 1.05 lakh, out of which over 85,000 had started paying their bills regularly. Their percentage worked out to be 81.26 per cent.

Gen Lohchab has asked the officers to remove the lines, poles, transformers, etc of those agricultural consumers who did not opt for the scheme and those who had been disconnected permanently on account of non-payment of bills. He asked the DHBVN to issue bills to all industrial consumers before the 15th day of every month.

The Managing Director, DHBVN, Mr Vijayendra Kumar said that the Nigam was planning to create one revenue protection sub-division in each operation circle and complete record and working in all sub-divisions would be computerized, so as to bring efficiency.

He directed the officers to raise special recovery teams in their areas and said that out sourcing for defaulting amount collection would be allowed by the Nigam.

He said that the system Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) was likely to be introduced in the area of DHBVN in phased manner. He directed the officers to release connections from junction boxes so that illegal consumer could be identified.

He said that the Nigam had disconnected about 21,000 connections of defaulting consumers during the months of July and August. The meeting was attended by all directors, chief general managers, general managers and deputy general managers of the Nigam.


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