The bill arrears have escalated to a whopping Rs. 90 crore

The Andhra Pradesh Northern Power Distribution Company Limited has started cracking the whip on the major power bill defaulters in the district to recover the outstanding electricity bill arrears, which escalated to a whopping Rs. 90 crore.

The company has already snapped power connection to the Taliperu project in Charla mandal for alleged non-remittance of electricity bill arrears to the tune of Rs. 41 lakh. According to sources, the project remained without power for the fifth consecutive day on Sunday following disconnection of power supply.

This has reportedly cast a shadow on the ongoing project modernisation works taken up under the Japanese Bank for International Cooperation sponsored A P Irrigation and Livelihood Improvement Project at an estimated cost of Rs. 44 crore, sources added.

Lack of initiative on the part of the project officials concerned to ensure restoration of power supply to the project has evoked serious concern among the farmers of the ayacut area spread in three mandals in the Bhadrachalam division. The Taliperu project officials concerned were not available for comments.

Sources said that the APNPDCL also disconnected power supply to a water scheme in Yellendu municipal limits owing to non-payment of power bill dues to an extent of Rs 2.5 crore.

The outstanding power bill arrears from all categories of consumers stood at a staggering Rs 90 crore till date in the district. “We have snapped power supply to Taliperu project in Charla and a water scheme in Yellendu, he said.