Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma right now mentioned the state is dropping income price near Rs 300 crore each month attributable to non-payment of electrical energy payments and energy theft. In a gathering with the three government-run energy corporations – Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL), Assam Power Generation Corporation Ltd (APGCL) and Assam Electricity Grid Corporation (AEGCL) – in Guwahati, Mr Sarma mentioned the federal government is planning to carry down the hammer on unlawful energy consumption.
“Some fraudulent consumers adopted dubious methods to save electricity bills causing huge loss of revenue to APDCL. To recover this loss and to pay for power purchase, APDCL is compelled to approach the Assam Electricity Regulatory Commission to increase the rate of energy tariff. The public in general have to bear the brunt of this increased rate in electricity tariff as the resultant load of the loss generated from the defaulting consumers is compensated from the general public,” Mr Sarma mentioned.
Asking the facility corporations to extend vigil in opposition to such defaulters and unlawful customers, Mr Sarma requested APDCL to arrange a profile of the defaulting customers.
He requested the businesses to make an inventory of cement corporations and different high-value customers, tally their manufacturing or providers with GST returns and electrical energy payments.
“This exercise will help in bringing in semblance between total quantum of electricity consumed and electricity bills thus paid,” Mr Sarma mentioned within the assembly.
He mentioned the division has began the method to determine defaulters and people adopting unlawful means to trigger loss to the facility division.
“We are taking help of Gujarat electricity department and trying to take help of the best practices they adopted to reduce loss and increase revenue from power supply,” he mentioned.