MSEDCL snaps power supply of 177 drinking water schemes

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 17 Feb 2018 09:50:45


Staff Reporter,

Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has snapped power supply to 177 drinking water schemes in Nagpur Circle for non payment of dues. This includes 152 schemes in Nagpur District and 25 of Wardha district. Total outstanding sum of these schemes was Rs. 3.54 crores and despite reminders no payment was made forcing this drastic step.

Of these majority of 77 schemes are in Katol sub-division of MSEDCL and they owe Rs. 2.5 crores. The stringent action came as MSEDCL is under pressure to cut down its losses as it cannot hike its power rates as Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has made it clear to the company to cut down the losses.

All these schemes are functioning in Gram Panchayat areas wherein the revenue source of the local body is bare minimum. As against this the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and other drinking water schemes of Municipal Councils in two districts the payment record is clear with no outstanding. There are around 3400 public drinking water schemes in the Nagpur and Wardha district.

MSEDCL has to recover Rs. 22.03 crores from 1915 schemes as bills payment from September 2017 is pending with the local bodies. In Butibori division 23 schemes owe Rs. 33.14 lakh, Nagpur Rural Division-1 about 40 schemes has outstanding of Rs. 32.91 lakh, in Saoner-12 schemes has Rs. 16.31 lakh default, Mauda-six schemes has Rs. 2.20 lakh outstanding. In Wardha district, at Arvi and Hinganghat sub-division 10 schemes has Rs. 13.46 lakhs and Rs. 13.54 lakhs outstanding respectively.