Power tariff defaulters in Haryana can now pay their arrears in instalments

Electricity consumers in Haryana can now pay their arrears in instalments as well, as the state's power distribution corporations have taken a decision to this effect. The sub-divisional officers concerned have been empowered to accept the payment of arrears in instalments with the condition that minimum 50 per cent of the arrears is paid in the first instalment.

"The number of instalments for the remaining amount can be two for arrears upto Rs10,000, three for upto Rs 30,000, four for upto Rs 50,000, five for upto Rs 2 lakh and eight instalments for the amount of arrears above Rs 2 lakh," said Devender Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) and Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN).

Keeping in view the demand of consumers who were defaulters as on June 16, 2005, and could not opt for the Bill Waiver Scheme, the Nigams have given yet another opportunity. The benefit can be availed up to March 31, 2013.

Singh added, "If consumers pay for the electricity they consume as per the cost of supply, there would be no hurdle in supplying power for 20 hours a day in villages. There is no shortage of electricity, but the power distribution utilities should have sufficient money to purchase it. Campaign to maintain, strengthen and renovate the electricity distribution system all over the state will help consumers bring down the aggregate technical and commercial (AT and C) losses to the level below 25 per cent on their feeders to qualify for taking power supply on urban mode.

The power distribution utilities intend to give power supply for 20 hours a day in villages also, but the loss level is required to be brought down. For this purpose, the DHBVN and UHBVN have launched a scheme under which if consumers bring down the AT and C losses to a level below 25 per cent, get meters in all houses and get the existing meters relocated, they will be power supply for 20 hours a day".

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