Clear Power Arrears By Feb 11: Govt

 SRINAGAR: In yet another warning, the government has asked power dues defaulters to clear arrears by February 11 or face prosecution.

Out of an estimated Rs 1160 crore arrears with consumers, Rs 810 crore are owed by government departments and institutions.

A number of prominent public figures and business houses also figure in the Power Development Department’s list of defaulters having over Rs 5 lakh in outstanding dues.

The PDD has repeatedly issued public advertisements with names and addresses, asking the identified consumers to clear their dues.

In its latest warning, the government said that consumers failing to pay their dues by Feb 11 would not only suffer disconnection of power supply but also face legal action.

To recover the fee arrears, the PDD will apply to the electricity magistrate under sections 132 and 50 of the J and K Electricity Act of 2010, and section 8 of the Jammu and Kashmir Electricity Duty Act of 1963.



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