electricity supply in Darrang

The APDCL authorities have served notice to the Bechimari Development Block in Assam’s Darrang district for unauthorised use of electricity.

At a time when the Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL) authorities have disconnected power supply to domestic consumers for not paying bills just for a couple of months, the same authorities have not taken any action against the development block for paying power bill for one-and-half-years.

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The unauthorized use of power supply to the extent of 13 KW against the permitted sanction load capacity of 4 KW and also consuming power without a functional electric meter was detected in the development block during a load survey by the officials of Kharupetia Electrical Sub Division under APDCL.

This led to the heavy loss of power charges as stated by Suman Das, manager, Kharupetia Electrical Sub-division.

Meanwhile, the APDCL authorities have served a notice to the BDO of Bechimari Development Block asking them to pay an amount of Rs 46,000 including penalty charges.

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“Their sanctioned load capacity was 4 kilowatt. However, they went on to increase it to 13 kilowatt,” Suman Das said.

“Their meter stopped functioning nearly one-and-half-years ago. But they neither approached us for its replacement nor purchased a new meter,” said Suman Das.

“A notice has been served and a week time has been given, failure of which the power supply to the office would be disconnected and necessary legal action may be followed,” Das further stated.

Mayukh Goswami

Mayukh Goswami is Northeast Now Correspondent in Mangaldai. He can be reached at: mayukh.mld@gmail.com