Electricity arrears worth hundreds of crores of rupees to be realized
JAMMU, Jan 10: Big business houses and prominent politicians, including former Ministers and Legislators are among the big defaulters of electricity arrears, who have been served disconnection notice by the Power Development Department.
These defaulters, both from Jammu and Kashmir provinces, having past electricity arrears on account of charges of Rs 10 lakh and above as on November 30, 2018, have been asked to liquidate balance electricity charges within two week’s time failing which their installations shall be disconnected without further notice.
These more than 800 defaulters who owe the Electricity arrears worth hundreds of crores of rupees while a number of them, mostly business houses, have individual arrears of above Rs one crore. Kashmir has more number of defaulters than Jammu.
Congress Headquarters at Shahidi Chowk Jammu, which has to pay Rs 39,59,969 electricity charges to PDD, and a number of Government Department offices as well as some Cooperative Societies are also among the defaulters.
The disconnection notice has been issued under section 50 of J&K Electricity Act 2010, read with regulation 8.3 of J&K SERC Supply Code Regulation 2011.
“The Department reserves the right to recover the outstanding charges under Section 50 and Section 132 of J&K Electricity Act, 2010 and Section 8 of J&K electricity Duty Act, 1963 through Electricity Magistrates as arrears of land revenue, in case consumers fail to liquidate their electricity dues within two weeks,” read the notice served to the defaulters.
Former Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta (Rs 14,25,821), Sukhnandan Choudhary (Rs 19,36,849), R S Pathania (Rs 15,40,303), Imran Raza Ansari (Rs 10,28,263), Aasiya Naqash (Rs 13,66,999) are among the senior politicians who have been served the ultimatum to liquidate the electricity arrears.
One consumer namely Mohd Azam, son of Faheem Hussain of Happy Home, who owes Rs 39,01,86,500 to PDD on account of electricity arrears, tops the list of defaulters. He is followed by M/s Reliance Infratel Ltd, Bahu Plaza, which has to pay Rs 16,65,17900 to PDD.
The other top defaulters with electricity arrears above Rs one crore are; M/s Sharma Stone Crusher (Rs 81928960), Bharat Paper Ltd (Rs 77157740), M/s K P Papers (Rs 76673680), Kash Ind Roller Flour Mills (Rs 1,18,27,486), M/s National Metal (Rs10049960), Gilobus Imagine Centre, Maheshpura (Rs 10393799), Sh Sain Charitable Trust (Rs 11684800), M/s Vodafone Essar, Mishriwala (Rs 13773200), M/s Shiv Shakti Cement, Samba (Rs 13929080), M/s BBF Industries Ltd, Samba (23748340), M/s Caasmic Textiles, Samba (Rs 11157070), M/s S L Rubber Industry, Samba (Rs11234800), M/s new India Breweries (Rs 12923500), M/s Indian Card, Birpur (Rs 10076380).
17 Mile Restaurant (Rs 8918327), M/s Shanker Ice Factory (Rs 74,13,618), M/s Bombay Industries (Rs 69,95,643), M/s Krishna Pales (Rs 93,08,639), M/s Jai Maa Disposable, Bari Brahmana (Rs 92,80,063), M/s J K Premier cement (Rs 9159820), M/s Mulkh Raj, Barnai (Rs 7448739), Kissan Agro floor (Rs 6992393), Wintoss Remidies (Rs 57,60,992), M/s K T Press, Digiana (Rs 54,58,400), The Dishnet Wireless Ltd, Bahu Plaza (Rs 55,01,304), M/s K Cooper Products (Rs 6613868), M/s CECIL Pharma (Rs 8596854), M/s National Sports (Rs 8613896), MVA Master Steel Rolling Mills (Rs 7728289), M/s National Paper Mill (Rs 6064049), M/s Parsavanath Developers Ltd (Rs 6744511) are among the other top defaulters from Jammu province.
Bharti Airtel Ltd , M/s Bharti Cellular Ltd, M/s Bharti Tele Ventures, M/s Modern Hotel Restaurant & Shakuntla Cinema, M/s Prabha Offset Printing Press , M/s Singla Cable Industry, M/s K C Plywood Industry, M/s Reliance infratel Ltd, M/s Vodafone Essar Spaccted, M/s GTL Indrastrucutre, M/s Batra Brothers, Wireless T T Infratel, M/s Krishna Plastic Industries, M/s Himalayan Stone Crusher, Reliance Communication, Sainik Colony), Access Infrastructure and Yele Communication Ltd, Lahori Nissan Pvt Ltd, M/s Tawi Stone Crusher, M/s K C Industry, M/s Swastik Industry, Leighton, Wullar Cement Pvt Ltd and M/s Chenab Industries Pvt Ltd are other prominent business houses, which have been listed as the defaulters .
Besides Kala Kendra Jammu (Rs1,08,85,069), Deputy General Manager JKPCC Ltd, Unit-II Jammu, Station Director, Radio Kashmir Staff Quarters, Jammu, General Manager Industries Development Corporation Ltd, Channi Rama, J&K State Handlom Corporation Ltd, Jammu, BSNL Exchange, Controller Drug & Food, Commanding Officer 129, Commissioner Relief and Rehabilitation are among the Government institutions, which are defaulters of the electricity arrears.
Central Coperative Bank Jammu, Cooperative Society Ltd Bishnah, M/s Bharti Infratel Ltd, Super Bazar Jammu also have electricity arrears above Rs 10 lakh.
In Kashmir, the major defaulters with electricity arrears above Rs one crore are; Trumboo Joinery (Rs 23367475), Ikhwan Hotel (Rs 27786682), Ghulam Mohi-U-Din Parray, Hotel Kahkashan Nowpora, Srinagar (Rs 37842110) and Mir Steel Rolling Mills Pvt ltd (Rs 26179720).
Hotel Hill Star, Hotel Snow Peak, Reman Hotel, Shiraz Cenima, Aircel, Shaheen Industries, Reliance Tower, Airtel Tower, Vodafone, are among prominent business houses, which are defaulters of electricity arrears.