Odisha: CESU collected Rs 5.38 cr pending arrear on 1st day of Disconnection Drive

Bhubaneswar: The Central Electricity Supply Utility of Odisha (CESU) today said it has collected Rs 5.38 crore towards pending arrear from approximately 14,000 commercial consumers on the first day of its collection-cum-disconnection drive. The amount is likely to increase as online payments have not been included in the calculation. The CESU said the details on online payments will be known by tomorrow.

A total of 2,346 consumers have availed installment facilities for making arrears payment. CESU has also received complaints from around 3,971 consumers on bill revision. Power supply was disconnected for 1,545 consumers.

On the Day 1 of the drive, 13,411 commercial consumers were touched by 533 Special Disconnection Squads, the CESU said in a statement.

In the 1st phase, the Disconnection Squad of CESU will touch the commercial consumers. CESU further said commercial consumers of Saheednagar and Baramunda have cleared their arrear dues in full on the 1st day of the drive itself.

In the 2nd phase of disconnection drive, CESU will focus on domestic consumers having huge outstanding arrears and high value consumers like houses having air conditioners, four wheeler, multi-storied building, income tax payer and having huge outstanding. In the 3rd Phase, the Disconnection Drive will cover rest of the consumers.

CESU will undertake its Disconnection Drive in its 247 sections under 20 distribution divisions against defaulting commercial establishments.

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