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Guwahati: Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) is on a massive anti-power-theft drive and collecting outstanding bills from defaulters. In fact, for the first time in its history, APDCL realised over Rs 500 crore in just one month: June.

Chief Minister’s Office also thanked electricity consumers for paying their bills on time. The post read: “CM Dr @himantabiswa expressed gratitude to electricity consumers of Assam for paying their bills that helped @apdclsocial realise ₹ 508.48 cr in June, a record in itself.
He asserted that such public support will hugely boost the state’s power scenario.”

The department is adopting a no-tolerance policy under new leadership to collect pending dues, and to move out from the state of a loss-making entity.

Power Minister Bimal Borah has been quite proactive on social media informing about APDCL’s daily works, giving details of theft cases detected, Assessment amount, FIR lodged and amount realised from defaulters.

Revenue collection by the APDCL has jumped. According to reports, the power department has detected 1,419 cases of power theft and imposed hefty fines.

Last month, the APDCL disconnected 1,11,515 power connections, less than 50% of these were restored.

The department’s billing efficiency rose to 93%, while its revenue collection has reached an all-time high of 98%.

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma has been urging consumers to clear electricity bills on time, which will help in making APDCL a profitable organisation and thereby, consumers will experience regularised, fixed and easily accessible electricity in near future.

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