Defaulters To Face Power Disconnection From Jan 16: CESU CEO

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Bhubaneswar: The Central Electricity Supply Utility (CESU) of Odisha has decided to disconnect the electricity supply of defaulters after the deadline of depositing the pending bill ends.

CESU Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Arun Bothra today said that consumers should deposit their pending bills by January 15, failing which, their power supply with be disconnected from January 16.

Informing the media persons about the CESU’s decision, Bothra said,  “Out of 7 lakh domestic consumers, only 1.10 lakh have deposited their pending bills amounting to Rs 21 crore while the remaining bill amount Rs 1971 crore is yet to be deposited.”

11,397 villages have been identified and 413 special squads formed to disconnect the power supply of defaulters after the deadline ends, Bothra said.

He also added that fresh notices were sent to 8.36 lakh domestic consumers and 59,190 commercial consumers to deposit the pending bills within the specified date. Moreover, the state government has also assured to deposit all pending bills of 5965 government consumers amounting to Rs 64.35 crore by March 31.

The CESU CEO also stated that it is not intended to disconnect power from the houses of our consumers, rather provide them uninterrupted power supply. However, if the pending dues are not paid, the only option is to deprive them of the power supply.

This apart, he also informed there will be a scheduled power cut in some parts of the State on January 10 and 11 due to maintenance work.

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