Karimnagar: The district administration building here has been plunged into darkness for the past three days following disconnection of power supply. The electricity department’s decision worsened the Collectorate’s situation further which already wore a deserted look with the shifting of staff and infrastructure to newly formed districts.
Besides the representations at the Prajavani programme, the number of visitors flocking to the Collectorate has fallen drastically after creation of a new district.
Frustrated after making several trips to various departments for the past 14 years to collect Rs 3.27 crore pending power bills, Transco officials cut off the power connection to some departments on Wednesday.
The highest amount of Rs 67.86 lakh still has to be paid by the SC corporation, followed by the revenue divisional office- Rs 42.25 lakh, BC corporation-Rs 30.83 lakh, Tahsildar office Rs 27.52 lakh and Collector’s office-Rs 13.77 lakh.
The survey of land records office has to pay Rs 4.59 lakh, revenue guesthouse-Rs 10,300, district education office-Rs 3.75 lakh, district panchayat office-Rs 3.44 lakh, and special tahsildar office-Rs 1.22 lakh.
Although the problem is not new for the electricity department, they have taken serious action as Rs 3.27 crore is a big amount. Problems began 14 years back when there was only one power reading meter for the entire Collectorate building. Since 2005, bills have piled up with a few small departments refusing to pay the bills.
Identifying the trouble, revenue and electricity officials had three years back installed separate meters at every office operating from the building but the problem remains unsolved.
A district level officer opined that in the present scenario it is not possible for an individual department to clear the pending power bills and that the government will have to step in to clear the bills.