Authorities on hard line to recover bills

Over Tk 5.13cr lying to 4 municipalities

The West Zone Power Distribution Company Limited (WZPDCL), the power supply company in Jhenidah went on hard line to recover the due bills over Tk 5.13 crore, lying pending to four municipalities in Jhenidah.

The company warned the subscribers to pay the due bills by June this year, otherwise it will take action including disconnecting the power supply, said the executive engineer of Jhenidah WZPDCL.

In the other hand, the concerned municipality authorities said that the amount claimed by the WZPDCL was not true. It has created spark between the WZPDCL and the municipal authorities.

Engr Paritosh Kumar Sarker said the company has been facing many problems, like acute financial crisis when the municipalities are not paying their due bills for years, though they committed to pay the same in time. The situation was emerged due to negligence of some of the influential persons in the municipalities.

Of the total amount, Tk 2.8 crore due of Kotchandpur municipality, Tk 1.45 crore of Moheshpur municipality, Tk 1.41crore of Kaliganj municipality and Tk 19.21 lakh of Sailkupa municipality are due for couple of years.

The WZPDCL said Jenidah municipality had liquidated their figure dues for Taka 1.5 crore paying the major amount. Quoting the order of the President in 1972 it was stated that no new power connection should be entertained to the default clients until and unless they pay the due accordingly.

Further, the Prime Minster had warned to stop the services if someone does not pay the bills in time. We are encouraged to carry out the orders of the honourable PM, the WZPDCL authority said.

Kaliganj municipality mayor Asharaful Islam said they has paid the major portion of their pending bills for Taka 1.5 crore. But the WZPDCL authorities has been claiming additional bills for Taka 90 lakh which was not true.

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