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BEST to crack down on defaulters

The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking has initiated a drive to crack down on defaulting power consumers. The BEST has accumulated losses of over ₹1,000 crore and has to recover ₹123.36 crore from commercial and residential consumers, including over ₹20 crore from government agencies.

So far, officials have recovered ₹10 crore from over 1,000 consumers. The BEST has been taking loans to furnish their working capital requirements and is yet to pay its workers the salary for February. At the BEST committee meeting on Monday, corporators asked the administration to act tough on large defaulters first. Sunil Ganacharya, senior corporator and member of BEST committee, said, “Earlier when the times were good, the administration was not firm on defaulters. Consumers have since fallen into a pattern of not paying until there is a real threat of disconnection. At present, every rupee counts.” The administration has formed teams to tackle different types of consumers, including government agencies.

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