Nagpur: Defaulting on clearing power bills has pushed 1238 consumers to dark as their connections were snapped by Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) in the past one week in Nagpur Circle.
These consumers had not paid the outstanding power bills amounting to Rs 48.25 lakh. The MSEDCL action triggered panic as around 4550 consumers preferred to settle the outstanding amount and avoid disconnection of power supply. As a result, MSEDCL mopped up an amount of Rs. 1.1 crore.
Faced with the mounting arrears, Regional Director Prasad Reshme ordered the field units to undertake a drive to ensure a deterrent on the defaulters. Chief Engineer, Nagpur Circle, R G Sheikh started the drive to recover the outstanding bills in Nagpur and Wardha districts. During the process, at 249 places power supply was temporarily disconnected while 1238 connections were permanently snapped. Among the defaulters were Low Tension (household), commercial and industrial consumers and in Nagpur District about 601 and in Wardha district 637 consumers faced the action of disconnection of power supply.
The outstanding bills in Nagpur Urban Division were 114 (Rs 3.52 lakh), Nagpur Rural Division — 487 (Rs 17.02 lakh), Wardha Division-637 (Rs 27.31 lakh) whose power supply was disconnected by MSEDCL.