Srinagar: Former minister, political leaders, government forces and top businessmen of the valley are among the defaulters of PDD on payment of electricity bills.
According to the list issued by the PDD of the defaulters on payment of electricity bills include top business houses, government forces’ installations, politicians and government departments.
People’s Conference leader who is set to fight Lok Sabha elections from the Srinagar constituency, Irfan Raza Ansari, owes Rs 52,00,019 to the department.
Mr. Ansari is the brother of former PDP MLA and minister, Imran Reza Ansari. He is said to owe more than INR 50 Lakh to the power department.
While Shankaracharya Mandir owes Rs 60,96,988, Trumboo Joinery owes Rs 2,33,67,475, and State Tuberculosis division owes Rs 14,40,821. Former minister Asiea Naqash also owes Rs 13,66,999.
While the security of MLA from Hazratbal owes Rs 29,80,024, the Deputy GM JKPCC owes Rs 1,64,32,350, Golf course Pahalgam owes Rs 2,20,01,620, and SP Kulgam for police post Behibagh owes Rs 22,99,310.
The department has asked the defaulting consumers to liquidate the electricity charges within 15 days or else their connections shall be disconnected.
The PDD issued a long list of defaulters which was circulated among local dailies of the state. The list also includes several businessmen running manufacturing units in different industrial estates of the valley.
On the issue of pending electricity dues of PC’s Lok Sabha candidate, Mr. Ansari, the family has said they have already approached the PDD to clear pending bills.
While speaking to The Kashmir Walla, PC senior leader Imran Ansari said that the pending bills are already in process to be cleared, so there is no point of being a defaulter.
A senior PDD official while speaking to The Kashmir Walla added that the lists like these shouldn’t be taken at face value.
“There can be several circumstances of why someone hasn’t paid dues,” he said. “Many cases are there for decades but have been locked. Some people on the list have already reached out to us saying that they will liquidate the pending amount of the bills.”