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JMC, IGP offices, many police stations owe crores to PDD

Last Updated on September 16, 2021 at 2:07 pm

Various offices of the senior police officers of Jammu and Kashmir including Police headquarters and many executive Engineers have electricity arrears against them. Union Territory administration spared emergency services such as Police department, hospitals and Jal Shakti department etc by giving them a notice in the first phase. Straightway disconnection of the electricity will be not be convenient to the public and may cause a security threat.

As per reports, power deficit has been caused by poor revenue realization and A&T losses, thus picking up of revenue and bringing down the losses can only help to curb the power deficit problem.

In the first phase, the department will be targeting all government departments except emergency services, commercial establishments and mobile towers. But if dues are not paid, the Power Development Department (PDD) will take tough measures in the second phase against the emergency services also.

As per official figures of the PDD, offices of three Executive Engineers of Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) owed Rs 35.99 cr, Rs 18.47 cr and Rs 17.92 crore respectively to the PDD. Three other offices of the Executive Engineers of Municipalities have Rs 8.54 cr, Rs 5.08 crore and Rs 20.84 lakh outstanding of the PDD. Office of the IGP Jammu has an outstanding of Rs 20.74 lakh while offices of the IGP CID owed Rs 14.65 lakh to the PDD. Office of another IGP shows balance amount of Rs 18.16 lakh.
Similarly, office of the SSP Jammu has power dues to the tune of Rs 6.16 lakh while that of the SSP PCR has arrears amounting to Rs 7.62 lakh. A number of Police Stations too have huge power bills pending against them. Outstanding amount against the SHO Bus Stand is Rs 28.22 lakh while it is Rs 21.65 lakh against the SHO Satwari. Dues against SHO Bari Brahmana in Samba district are Rs 11.15 lakh. Police Post at Quarter Roop Nagar has bill worth Rs 34.44 lakh.

There are many more government departments who are defaulters. But now the drive has been started and many departments have approached PDD for clearing their dues. Power supply of government departments and commercial establishments which have cleared their dues after disconnection has been restored, reportedly.

PDD had launched drive to recover dues after the commands of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to cut deficit by 10 percent in three months as power supply bill per annum had gone around Rs 6700 crore as against revenue realization of Rs 2700 crore causing Rs 4000 crore worth losses every year.