Out-of-Court settlements get UHBVN Rs 1.42 crore deposits

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Chandigarh, Feb 22 (UNI) As many as 300 applicants of different categories have availed the benefit of the 'out of court settlement of cases' scheme and have deposited a sum of Rs. 1.42 crore with the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN).

The disputed amount in these cases has been Rs. 6.26 crore, a spokesman of the Nigam said here today.

The scheme had been launched in order to avoid prolonged litigation and to settle long pending court cases. The scheme would remain enforce upto March 31, 2008.

The Nigam had directed its Executive Engineers to contact those consumers personally whose disputed amount had been upto Rs. one lakh and inform them about the scheme.

He said that simultaneously, the Nigam had also enforced Voluntary Disclosure of Load Scheme for domestic, non domestic, agricultural and industrial category consumers under which the load extended in unauthorized manner would be regularized without penalty.

As many as 6616 consumers including 5885 tubewell consumers had disclosed their load voluntarily and had deposited Rs. 66.62 lakh as advance consumption deposit. These consumers had declared 27088 kilowatt of load for regularization.

He further stated that the Nigam had also planned to bifurcate or trifurcate 65 overloaded and lengthy feeders shortly to ensure good quality power supply to the consumers. The electricity would be supplied through 139 feeders after completion of the work in urban as well as rural areas.

The spokesman stated that the majority of farmers in Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Karnal, Ambala, Yamuna Nagar and Panipat areas had installed the motors of higher capacity to draw water from their tubewells in view of low water level and had not declared the extended load.

He urged the consumers to declare their load voluntarily so as to enable the Nigam to arrange distribution transformers, Low Tension and High Tension lines and electricity accordingly to avoid mismatch and inconvenience.

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