Rs. 90 c. due from domestic, commercial and government departments

The tough stand adopted by the Andhra Pradesh Northern Power Distribution Company Limited (APNPDCL) against the major power bill defaulters appears to have showing some positive effect at least in a few mandals in the district.

The electricity bill arrears due from all categories of power consumers, including domestic and commercial users besides various government departments to the APNPDCL in the district, have risen to a whopping Rs 90 crore.

This has prompted the company to resort to disconnection of electricity supply to some of the major defaulters among the government departments. The APNPDCL snapped power supply to the Taliperu medium irrigation project in Charla mandal a week ago for non-payment of electricity bill arrears amounting to Rs 41 lakh. The electricity supply was restored on Tuesday night after the project officials submitted a written assurance to clear the power bill arrears in one month, sources said.

However, several important government offices in the Collectorate, the hub of the district administration, and other places across the district are yet to clear the long pending huge power bill arrears.

“We have received specific instructions from the higher ups to issue final reminders to all the major electricity bill defaulters and snap power supply to those defaulting departments, which owed a huge sum of power bill dues,” said an official of the APNPDCL of Khammam circle, seeking anonymity.

Power supply restored

Power supply to the Taliperu reservoir has been restored, said S Venkateshwara Rao, Assistant Executive Engineer, Taliperu Project.

"We have submitted a letter to the APNPDCL officials seeking one month’s time to repay the power bill arrears," he said.