Mohali department owes Rs 8.5 crore power dues - EntornoInteligente /

Mohali : The water supply and sanitation department tops the list of power bill defaulters in the district, owing Rs 8.5 crore to the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL). The PSPCL has put up a list of 110 defaulters on its office notice board as a name-and-shame exercise. The total dues amount to Rs 10.57 crore. Sources said the water supply and sanitation department has not paid bills for past four months. The Greater Mohali Area Development (Gmada) owes Rs 32 lakh and the municipal corporation (MC) Rs 29 lakh. Civil hospital, Phase VI, is at the second spot in the list of government agencies defaulting on payment of electricity bills along with government schools, police stations and police posts. The Mohali unit of vigilance department has not paid Rs 17 lakh electricity bills for two to three months, while police stations owe Rs 14 lakh and primary, middle and high schools of Manauli, Sohana, Kambala , Bhagomajra and Raipur Kalan Rs 7 lakh. A senior official said, “Penalty and interest are added to the outstanding amount. If the dues are not cleared in stipulated time, power connection will be disconnected.” The issue of non-recovery of outstanding bills has been flagged in the annual audit report. Slamming the department for non-recovery of outstanding amount, the audit department has said that being a commercial organization, PSPCL cannot afford to allow accumulation of dues from the customers. Necessary steps should be taken to ensure arrears do not become bad debts or time barred, the audit department said.
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