Faced with pending dues for a long time, the Northern Power Distribution Company Ltd (NPDCL) has disconnected power supply to more than 15 tahsil offices in Warangal.
In a few tahsil offices like Wardhanapet, Rayaparthy and Parvathagiri mandals, all official work remained halted for the past one-and-a-half month after officials failed to clear pending electricity dues to the NPDCL before the deadline.
Other affected tahsil offices are in mandals of Sangem, Palakurthy, Zafargad, Station Ghanpur, Raghunathp-ally, Mulug Ghanpur, Kanapur, Kottaguda, Koruvi, Bachanapet and Cheriyal. NPDCL sources said that power supply was restored in many tahsil offices after they made part payments.
The pending bills are said to range from Rs.50,000 to Rs.2 lakh on an average and the arrears date back to many years.
While the NPDCL decision to disconnect power from defaulting government offices is legal, sources said that it is putting great hardship on the people as all forms of certificate issuing work has come to a standstill.
Presently, an about 30 different types of certificates are issued from the tahsil offices to different groups like students, farmers and others like income, caste, residence, dependant, certified copies of pahanis, mutations, pattadar pass books, most of which are now computerised and issued only through the online mode. According to sources, farmers and students are the worst-hit as their failure to produce certificates on time may affect their admission in educational institutions and bank loans from banks on time.
Though a good number of tahsil offices are equipped with generators, sources said they are not being used to overcome the problem. The district unit president of Revenue Service Association M, Kumaraswamy termed the situation as grim. “The people are bound to suffer as we have no other alternative,” he said.
Meanwhile, the NPDCL, which has jurisdiction over five districts including Warangal, has defended its move.
“In Warangal district alone, our arrears from High Tension, Low Tension and Agriculture consumers come to Rs.200 crores including Rs.37 crores due from many major and minor gram panchayats in Warangal,” said E. Narayana, SE (Operations), NPDCL, Warangal district.
Sources said that the NPDCL Warangal district has given one-month time to all the defaulting major and minor gram panchayats to pay up their Rs.37 crore dues.