Punjab govt to settle pending power dues of BPL, SC families

Chandigarh/March 25
Punjab government on Saturday decided to constitute a committee to work out the modalities for the settlement of outstanding arrears of the electricity bills due towards BPL and SC category domestic consumers’ up to March 31, 2013.
Punjab’s Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal ordered to constitute a committee under the Chairmanship of Power Secretary Anirudh Tiwari to work out modalities for settling the outstanding arrears and also ordered the PSPCL authorities to issue fresh power bills to these consumers on the basis of current consumption from the next billing cycle with effect from April 1, 2013.
Badal also announced to provide 24-hour uninterrupted domestic power supply on the urban pattern in 1557 Deras/Dhanis in the border and Kandi region across the state at a cost of Rs.15.30 crore.
“Badal directed the Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL) to ensure the timely completion of this ambitious project of electrification in the far flung areas of border and kandi areas of the state,” said a Punjab government spokesperson, adding that the Chief minister also gave nod to release the requisite funds to PSPCL immediately for the execution of this project.
The Chief Minister asked the PSPCL to connect Deras/Dhanis with a cluster of three or more households in Kandi and border area with UPS feeders after laying separate lines to ensure better power supply on the urban pattern and sought people’s co-operation to ensure timely completion of this gigantic task.
Badal further directed the PSPCL to carry out the work of shifting electric meters outside the consumer’s premises on war footing so as to complete the target with the public support at the earliest.