Over 1 crore consumers never paid their power bills in UP | Lucknow News

LUCKNOW: Amid UP executive’s promise to offer round the clock energy provide to the patrons, and the proposal to privatise Purvanchal distribution corporate, the UP Energy Company Restricted’s (UPPCL) knowledge display that greater than 38% shoppers have now not paid their electrical energy invoice for the reason that date of connection.

The reality was once shared by way of UPPCL chairman and further leader secretary (power) Arvind Kumar in a chain of tweets on Thursday. He mentioned that out of a shopper base of two.83 crore, 1.09 crore shoppers have now not paid their expenses. About 96% of those defaulters are from rural spaces. UPPCL assets mentioned that the quantity recoverable from those shoppers is round Rs 68,000 crore.

Considerably, of the over 1 crore shoppers who’ve by no means paid their electrical energy connection, most 43 lakh — out of general 83 lakh — are from the Purvanchal Discom on my own. Knowledge displays that during Purvanchal on my own, a staggering 3.78 lakh shoppers are those that have pending arrears above Rs 1 lakh. “Those figures display that the distribution corporate is in the sort of unhealthy situation,” mentioned a senior UPPCL legitimate. Assets mentioned that this was once some of the key explanation why the state executive has been pitching for privatisation of Purvanchal districbution corporate, comprising Azamgarh, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Basti, Prayagraj and Varanasi zones.
Purvanchal is adopted by way of Madhyanchal comprising Lucknow, Devi Patan and Ayodhya zones. Right here, as many as 33.45 lakh shoppers have now not paid their expenses since getting a connection. This discom has general 79 lakh shoppers. In reality, Lucknow zone on my own accounts for round 11 lakh such shoppers. Knowledge display that greater than 1.7 lakh shoppers account for the ones shoppers who’ve pending arrears above Rs 1 lakh.
The Dakshinanchal discom follows subsequent with over Rs 22 lakh shoppers — out of 55 lakh — faltering on fee in their electrical energy expenses. It is just Paschimanchal discom which has been acting neatly with simply over 10 lakh such shoppers. It has general 65 lakh shoppers.
The chairman, in his tweets, additionally mentioned: “A big bite of defaulters is also bogus and would possibly want invoice revision. This can be a large problem ahead of our officers to find those shoppers and to find out what’s recoverable and what isn’t. Energy must be bought for UPPCL with the intention to provide. Except other people pay up, we gained’t have sufficient price range to buy.” (sic)
A senior UPPCL legitimate mentioned that the location was once regardless of the state executive arising with schemes like Aasan Kisht Yojana and One Time Agreement scheme, waiving surcharge on expenses of shoppers. Assets mentioned that one of the most shoppers is also bogus or non-existent. “But the collection of shoppers which wish to be tapped is vital,” the legitimate mentioned.
The arrears accounting for greater than 38% come at a time when the state executive seeks to carry down the road losses to 15%, which is greater than part of what exists as on date, assets mentioned. In reality, power minister Shrikant Sharma has been looking for to carry down feeder smart line losses to wheel in round-the-clock energy provide to the patrons.
In the meantime, energy engineers beneath the aegis of Vidyut Karamchari Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti submitted an in depth plan to fortify the monetary place of the UPPCL “inside the present machine”. The samiti mentioned that the spaces which wish to be labored on come with billing, expanding earnings assortment, preventing energy robbery and higher running setting. It was once most effective previous this month that the ability engineers and workers had long past on a piece boycott in protest of UPPCL plans to privatise Purvanchal distribution corporate.
Explaining the cause of such numerous defaulters whilst giving instance of MVVNL, MD Surya Friend Gangwar mentioned, “The determine of 33.45 lakh defaulters continues to be beneath scrutiny. We’ve discovered knowledge of two.five lakh shoppers who have been issued double expenses because of technical error when the information was once fed into the machine. Most defaulters are from rural spaces.”
In step with MVVNL, out of general 4,070 feeders in 19 districts, 1,272 (most commonly in rural spaces) are the worst performers relating to earnings restoration. In every district, 60 underperforming feeders are being inspected by way of groups of 30 participants every of vigilance and MVVNL team of workers (meter readers).