Over Rs 50 lakh power bill pending on 9 govt colleges

Bhubaneswar: The Tata Power Central Odisha Distribution Limited (TPCODL) is facing a tough time with pending electricity dues from nine government colleges under State Higher Education Department.

As of May 21, 2021, the arrears to be paid by the government/ colleges stands at Rs 51.29 lakh.

In a letter to the Principal Secretary of the Higher Education Department, the power distribution company requested to pay the bill at the earliest.

“As of May 21, the total arrear outstanding due is around Rs 51.29 lakh against 68 numbers of customers under your department. You are requested to kindly intervene in the matter and sanction the fund to the concerned field officers to clear all outstanding due of Rs 51.29 lakh at the earliest, the letter read.

On receiving the communication from the TPCODL, the department has asked the concerned colleges to meet the expenses or report to the department in case of a scarcity of funds.

Government sources said huge outstanding dues towards electricity bills are pending against nine colleges including-

1. Angul Autonomous College, Angul

2. Shailabala Women’s Autonomous College, Cuttack

3. Jatiya Kabi Bira Kishore Govt. (Degree) College, Cuttack

4. Dhenkanal Autonomous College, Dhenkanal

5. Government Women’s College, Dhenkanal

6. BJB Autonomous College, Bhubaneswar

7. Rajdhani College, Bhubaneswar

8. S.C.S. Autonomous College, Puri

9. Government Women’s College, Puri

The Department, through a letter, asked the principals of these colleges to make necessary arrangements for payment of the pending dues.

“You are requested to meet the expense from allotment placed at disposal of the DDOs of concerned colleges under the unit-074-electricity, for withdrawal and disbursement to TPCODL. If there is insufficiency of funds, you are requested to report to this Department with requirements of funds,” stated the letter of the Higher Education department asking the authorities to treat it as most urgent.

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