• Tripura government yet to clear power dues

    The Tripura State Electricity Corporation Limited (TSECL) will have a tough time ensuring uninterrupted power supply during Durga Puja as the state government and many individual consumers have not cleared their power bills yet.

    Forty government departments have not cleared electricity bills amounting to more than Rs 23 crore between February and July this year, TSECL officials said.

    According to the state electricity corporation, the health department has the highest outstanding bills – Rs 539.67 lakh. The lowest – Rs 0.22 lakh – has to be paid by the factories and boilers department.

    The governor’s secretariat is yet to pay Rs 3.15 lakh and the secretariat administration has to pay Rs 123.77 lakh.

    The government press, law department and revenue department owe Rs 3.50 lakh, Rs 13.98 lakh and Rs 119.39 lakh, respectively.

    Rs 312.36 lakh is pending with the home department, Rs 17.68 lakh with the information and cultural affairs department, Rs 133.97 lakh with the school education department, Rs 400.40 lakh with the panchayat department, Rs 0.87 lakh with the cooperatives department and Rs 0.64 lakh with the urban development department.

    TSECL, however, said adequate measures have been taken to avoid power cuts during Durga Puja.

    The corporation has finalised a deal with power generation companies and neighbouring states to ensure additional supply of around 300 MW power during peak hours.

    The Tripura government meanwhile said it will borrow Rs 250 crore from United Bank of India at 9.9% interest to pay around Rs 300 crore to major power generation companies, including NEEPCo and ONGC Thermal Power Company. Rs 100 crore will be taken in this fiscal, Rs 100 crore in the next fiscal and Rs 50 crore later.

    Tripura draws an average of 85 MW power from NEEPCo daily but has yet to pay Rs 180.33 crore since May 2013. Similarly, the state draws power from OTPC’s gas-based, combined cycle power project at Palatana but has dues of Rs 100 crore. Devonta Freeman Womens Jersey

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