Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday informed that the state will adopt the Gujarat model to curb the revenue deficit incurred by the electricity board in the state.
The announcement came amid the losses incurred by the state electricity board due to non-payment of bills and power theft cases by the high-valued customers.
Addressing the media here at Bijuli Bhawan in Guwahati, CM Sarma said, “The Gujarat Electricity Board will give us a presentation in this regard on Tuesday; the best practices made by the Gujarat power company shall be adopted by the state power companies.”
The chief minister while reviewing a meeting with the officials of APDCL, APGCL, AEGCL & Power Department also mentioned that the board has incurred a loss of Rs 300 crore (approx) per month due to such non-payment of electricity dues and power theft cases.
Following this, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma strictly directed all the three power companies ― Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL), Assam Electricity Grid Corporation Limited (AEGCL) and Assam Power Generation Corporation Limited (APGCL) to plug revenue loss and design modalities to increase their revenue earnings and profits including an energized service delivery system for consumers.
CM Sarma added, “The electricity bill or tariff is prepared on the basis of revenue and expenditure. If a high-valued customer doesn’t pay their bills, the power board will transfer the load of the tariffs towards the general consumers. The board submits a petition regarding the arrear ship to recover their losses. This creates harassment to the general people who pay their bills on time, thus, among others, I asked power companies to prepare a list of cement companies & other high valued consumers; tally their production with GST returns & electricity bills. This will be done to bring in semblance between the total quantum of electricity consumed and electricity bill paid.”