Streets in over 4k villages of 5 dists to go dark if discom pulls the plug

  • By TOI
  • | Wednesday | 11th July, 2018

So, as a strict enforcement measure, we are planning to implement power cuts in the panchayats that fail to pay power bills for at least this current month. The government should take it seriously and ensure that the power bill arrears to the discom are cleared,” said a senior discom official.Discom sources said they are observing the payments from the month of June. Each village has nearly 50 to 150 street lights depending on the size of the village and population. The village sarpanches are supposed to make payments of the June bill in the month of July. As per the rules, 25% of the funds should be used for power bill payments, but the sarpanches are not doing it and are instead learnt to be diverting funds.“Sarpanches are diverting the funds for their own political purposes and other works instead using the money to pay power bills.

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