RANCHI (JHARKHAND) Power crisis is continuing in all the districts including Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi. Chief Minister Hemant Soren has called a high-level meeting with the JBVNL officials on Tuesday to speed up the recovery of dues from high tension and all other consumers of various power supply areas.
It is noteworthy that the Electricity Distribution Corporation has made an immediate demand of Rs 500 crore from the Jharkhand government to clear the dues. A decision has not yet been taken on this.
The situation worsened on Monday. About 1070 MW of electricity was needed in the city, while only 970 MW of electricity was available in the entire state at 5 pm. Now the process of load shedding was going on in the capital Ranchi day and night also.
Government engaged in crisis management, arrears can be recovered from consumers
Rs 173 crore has been paid as installment to DVC after the cabinet approved the amount. But the outstanding 205 crores has not been paid, due to which the ban on electricity from the Central Pool continues. This dues of DVC is for the month of June. It is being told that if the payment is not made till December 16, the arrears for the month of July will increase by Rs 200 crore. That means there will be arrears of 400 crores. If the payment is not made till 16, after the trigger is pressed, the power supply from the DVC may stop completely. Here, in view of this, the government has engaged in crisis management.
Consumers who do not pay electricity dues for a long time can be disconnected
Consumers who have not paid dues for a long time have been directed to disconnect the connection and recover the dues. Manish Kumar, Director (Commercial and Energy Accounts) of the Distribution Corporation, reviewed the revenue with the General Manager-cum-Chief Engineer, Deputy General Manager (Revenue) and Deputy General Manager (Technical) of all the power supply zones at the corporation headquarters in the month of November. Had a meeting.
It was told that after the approval of the Chief Minister, a loan of Rs 750 crore will be taken and the dues till the month of December will be paid. Then the power cut will stop till March. During this, additional amount will be given to JBVNL by making budgetary provision. Jharkhand was getting 330 MW power from TVNL, 50 MW from Inland and 970 MW power from NTPC and others on Monday.
A Public Interest Litigation has been filed in the Jharkhand High Court to protest against the crumbling power system and frequent load shedding in the state. Advocate Abhay Kumar Mishra and Advocate Vishal Kumar have filed the above petition on behalf of the applicant Sunil Kumar Mahto. Regular and uninterrupted power supply should be ensured. During the last three years, a demand has been made to get the energy purchased from private energy companies from ACB.