: Adani Electricity
shut down the power supply to the entire Siddharth colony
on Friday as pending electricity arrears mounted by another Rs 2 crore — taking it to total Rs 102 crore. The arrears are for the past 16 years for 3,500 residents of the housing colony.
Officials said that the power was disconnected from 8am to 5pm, but has been restored for certain hours on “humanitarian grounds” for essential purposes.
A statement issued by Adani Electricity mentioned : “It is unfortunate that residents of Siddharth Colony appear to believe that they are entitled to electricity supply despite non-payment of their dues. On humanitarian grounds we had continued electricity supply recently on the assurance that residents would start paying. However, not only are these defaulting consumers not paying, but are creating hindrance when our staff and partners visit door to door for collecting the dues or to legitimately disconnect the defaulting consumer.”
While some of the colony residents have paid their bills, the others did not pay the electricity bills as they were reportedly `’negotiating’ with local builders/developers who were interested in a slum redevelopment project.
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