Mapusa police station’s power supply ‘disconnected’ over ‘dues’



The electricity
department, on Friday, disconnected power supply of Mapusa police station for
almost three-four hours over ‘non-payment’ of dues. The supply was restored in
the afternoon.

The power supply to the
police station was disconnected at around 9.30 on Friday morning.

Following that the issue
was taken up with higher officials and also with Mapusa MLA Joshua D’Souza.

Even Power Minister
Nilesh Cabral was informed about the issue.
He then directed the electricity officials to restore the power supply.

Subsequently, in the
afternoon at around 1.45 the power supply was restored.

PI Kapil Nayak confirmed
about the power disconnection over the dues.

Sources informed that
the power supply was restored without a payment being made, however, assurance
has been given that within next few days the payment would be made.

The sources informed
that Mapusa MLA was informed about the disconnection, who then took up the
matter with the Power Minister.

“I was informed about
disconnection. Then I raised the issue with Power Minister, who then directed electricity officials to restore
supply to police station. I have also asked them (Home Department) to clear the
dues,” informed D’Souza.

As per the information
available, a bill to the tune of Rs 19 lakh is pending over a period of around
one year from June 2018 to July 2019. In this connection, the electricity
department had also issued a notice to the police station, and accordingly on
Friday morning at around 9.30 power supply was disconnected.

The sources informed
that last year for a period of around 5 months, the police station had not
received any power bill as the bills were allegedly dispatched to Mapusa fire

The police station then
got a copy of the latest bill amounting to Rs 2 lakh for the period of March
2018 to May 2018, and was cleared, however, when the next bill was received in
June 2018 it reflected the arrears of Rs 2 lakh. Following which correspondence
began between the two departments.

When contacted,
executive engineer Pradip Narvekar denied of disconnecting power supply of the
police station.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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