Twenty private-run hospitals owe nearly 13.8 million rupees to Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL) on account of electricity bills, as per a RTI reply.
The RTI application filed by M M Shuja, an activist, had sought details of outstanding amounts payable to the KPDCL by different hospitals of the Kashmir Valley on account of electricity charges till 30 November 2020.
Despite being chronic defaulters, many hospitals among them have been enjoying uninterrupted power supply even as the government has failed to make the recovery of the pending bills.
As per the RTI reply, a hospital in Zainapora alone owes more than 46 lakh rupees to the electricity department.
Srinagar city’s two top private-operated hospitals – Florence Hospital Chanapora and Khyber Hospital Khayam – have 326227 rupees and 898199 rupees debt on account of electricity towards the department respectively.
Similarly, two hospitals in Beerwah have failed to pay more than 30 lakh rupees on account of electricity bills to the department.
Among the defaulting hospitals,18 among the list of twenty owe more than one lakh rupees to the electricity department.
Each year, Power Distribution Department(PDD) prepares the list of chronic defaulters. It, however, fails to take any action against them.
Last year, PDD released a list of defaulters which included prominent politicians, high-class businessmen, bureaucrats, telecom firms, security installations, well-known industrialists, and government offices.