Hyderabad: An amount of 1,600 crore is due from the Telangana government departments to the two discoms of the region. But it is public money that is being wasted for it and the burden to consumers in one form or the other.
Senior officials of the two discoms have submitted the government for clearance of the bills and they reportedly expressed their inability to pay such a big amount that cannot be adjusted before the end of a financial year. And the government also excused itself by saying that was a new state and several issues pending in the power sector cannot be cleared. Panchayat raj and rural development ministry tops the defaulters list with 885 crore followed by department of municipal administration at 153 crore.
And officials stated that there are more dues in panchayats. Irrigation department owes nearly 200 crore, Metro water and sewerage 145 crore, GHMC too has its share with 11 crore. And other departments owe an amount less than 20 crore. Energy department also admitted the collection efficiency. A report by Energy department said “If Telangana DISCOMS are to achieve AT and C loss below 10%, it is imperative for DISCOMS to achieve a billing efficiency of more than 90%.Therefore DISCOMS should take steps to reduce billing exception cases”.
Both TSSPDCL and TSNPDCL have a total tariff of 2950 crore in agriculture sector which was 2687 corer last financial year. And 15% annually due to increase in agriculture and domestic connections and increased the cost. Average Revenue Reports and new Tariffs orders will have to be submitted by both the Discoms by January 24.