No‘Name&Shame’Here:Power&Wa­ter Dues of Govt Of­fices, Homes Hit ₹ 300 cr

DJB has threat­ened to ini­ti­ate dis­con­nec­tion if the bills are not paid within this month

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

About 49 gov­ern­ment of­fice & hous­ing com­plexes owe Delhi Jal Board 297 cr

New Delhi: You may be ex­horted to pay your wa­ter and power bills on time but the gov­ern­ment it­self has been play­ing tru­ant. Al­most 60 of­fice and hous­ing com­plexes of the gov­ern­ment have out­stand­ing wa­ter and power bills of ₹ 300 crore. About 49 of­fice com­plexes and gov­ern­ment hous­ing com­plexes spread across Delhi have an out­stand­ing wa­ter bill of ₹ 297.10 crore. This in­cludes ₹ 74.89 crore as prin­ci­pal and ₹ 222.21 crore as late fee. How long the bills have been pend­ing is in­di­cated by the late pay­ment charges, which are more

NDMC has also com­plained that non-pay­ment has been taken up reg­u­larly but CPWD has not re­sponded

than the bill amount. Ac­cord­ing to sources, Delhi Jal Board has threat­ened to ini­ti­ate dis­con­nec­tion if the bills are not paid within this month. The prop­er­ties are owned by Cen­tral Public Works De­part­ment (CPWD). In a re­cent let­ter to CPWD di­rec­tor-gen­eral Ab­hai Sinha, Delhi Jal Board has said, “In­spite of reg­u­lar fol­low up, no pay­ment has been made for th­ese con­nec­tions. Need­less to say that wa­ter util­ity like Delhi Jal Board can­not func­tion smoothly for long if its dues are not cleared by the con­sumers.” DJB has sug­gested that CPWD take ad­van­tage of its scheme of 100% waiver of late fee so that it just has to pay ₹ 74.89 crore prin­ci­pal amount and ₹ 222.21 crore is com­pletely waived off. Even New Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (NDMC) has flagged the out­stand­ing dues to CPWD. The out­stand­ing elec­tric­ity and wa­ter bills amount close to ₹ 4 cr. The off i c e s e ve n in­clude Cen­tral Sec­re­tar­iat. Like DJB, NDMC has also com­plained that the is­sue of non-pay­ment has been taken up reg­u­larly but CPWD has not re­sponded. Ac­cord­ing to sources, CPWD has de­cided to sort out the out­stand­ing dues. “In sev­eral cases, peo­ple liv­ing in gov­ern­ment ac­com­mo­da­tion have not paid the wa­ter and power dues. So the amount has ac­cu­mu­lated over the years,” said a CPWD of­fi­cial.

CPWD di­rec­tor-gen­eral has asked the di­vi­sions to check the ac­tual out­stand­ing and at least pay the amount due for com­mon ar­eas and give no­tices to al­lot­tees to pay their share. “We have also de­cided to raise sup­ple­men­tary bud­get de­mands if the out­stand­ing dues can­not be met in the cur­rent bud­get. But we are se­ri­ous about clear­ing the dues,” said the of­fi­cial.

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