BAREILLY/MEERUT : Domestic power consumers can now pay pending electricity bills in easy instalments in 12 and 24 months depending on whether they live in urban or rural areas.
Under the scheme, launched on Monday by Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL), domestic power consumers in urban areas with a load up to 4kw will be able to pay their dues in 12 months while all domestic users in rural areas can clear their dues in 24 months.
To avail the benefit, consumers will have to complete their registration by December 31.
UP energy minister Shrikant Sharma, while tweeting about the scheme through his official Twitter handle, said, “The scheme has been introduced to tackle the problem of electricity dues which is a major issue in the state. Consumers will initially have to pay 5% of the dues or minimum Rs 1,500 as first instalment with the regular October bill.”
Speaking with TOI in Bareilly, Madhyanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (MVVNL) executive engineer Ranjeet Chaudhry said, “Through the scheme, LMV-1 category power consumers (domestic light, fan and power), domestic power consumers in urban areas (having a load of up to 4 KW) and all rural consumers can avail of the scheme by simply paying 5% of the dues or minimum Rs 1,500 as first installment with their regular October bill. Domestic consumers of rural areas will have the benefit to pay entire dues in 24 monthly installments and during the period, penalty on the dues till October 31 will be waived.”
Launching the scheme in Meerut, Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited (PVVNL) MD Arvind Mallappa Bangari said, “It is mandatory to pay the particular month’s bill along with minimum Rs 1,500 out of the total pending dues. However, if a person misses paying that particular month’s electricity bill, he/she will have to pay two months’ bill and two instalments in the next months or else he will not be counted as beneficiary of the scheme and his registration will be cancelled.”