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BJP demands rollback of power disconnection drive

Bhubaneswar: The State unit of BJP today demanded that the Central Electricity Supply Utility of Orissa (CESU), the power distribution company of Odisha, should immediately rollback its decision to go for a mass power disconnection drive on defaulters.

Notably, CESU has identified defaulters in 11,397 villages to disconnect power connection. CESU has announced to disconnect power if consumers fail to clear their pending bills by January 15. As per reports, 1.1 lakh consumers have paid arrear amount of Rs 21 crore of Rs 1,971 crore pending bills till January 5, 2020.

“If the State Government decides to disconnect electricity in more than 11,000 villages how will students prepare for different upcoming examinations like crucial Matriculation and Plus-II?,” said Odisha BJP secretary Lekhashree Samantasinghar in a press conference here.

“Hence, the CESU should immediately roll back its decision and hold discussions with people to find out ways to clear pending dues,” said the saffron party leader.

Meanwhile, CESU Senior General Manager Manoj Singh said that the power disconnection drive will begin as scheduled.

At least 413 squads have been formed to carry out the drive in nine districts,” said Singh.

He also refuted the reports that thousands of villages will go dark due to disconnection.

“The reports that thousands of villages will go dark are not at all true. Only those households or establishments who have not paid their dues despite being capable to pay will face disconnection of power supply,” said Singh.

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