Godawari (Kailali), Jan 31: The Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), Dhangadhi, has started disconnecting the power lines of users who have not paid their electricity tariffs for a long time.
Dhangadhi Electricity Distribution Centre has started cutting the power lines of government offices and individual consumers who have been reluctant to pay the electricity bills despite repeated reminders. The NEA has disconnected the power lines of 253 users in Dhangadhi and Attariya for not paying electricity bills on time.
The outstanding amount of users who have not paid electricity bills for a long time is Rs 15.34 million. According to Mithilesh Kumar Goyal, chief of distribution centre Dhangadhi, 180 consumers have paid the tariff after disconnecting the power line.
He informed that Rs7.83 million has been recovered from the users in the last one month. Dhangadhi Electricity Distribution Centre has cut the lines of seven government offices including land revenue office, survey and road.
The seven offices are yet to pay Rs 602,607 as electricity bills, according to the distribution centre data. Only Rs 148,640 has been recovered from the government offices where the line has been cut, said Distribution Centre Chief Goyal.
There are more than 79,000 users under Dhangadhi power distribution center. The distribution center has said that it will continue to cut the line of users who do not pay electricity bills on time.
According to the electricity bye-laws, the line will be cut off if the dues are not paid even after 60th day of meter reading. There is a provision to carry forward the recovery process by blacklisting the consumers who have not paid the dues for six months after line disconnection.