Agartala: Despite relishing a profitable financial year in 2017-18 the Tripura State Electricity Corporation Limited (TSECL) is running at loss with 2 lakh defaulters of the 7.50 lakh consumers in both urban and rural areas across the state.
Speaking to the reporters at Civil Secretariat here in Agartala, Principal Secretary of Power department Manoj Kumar said that the corporation is reeling under 110 crore deficit as the 2 lakh defaulters are not clearing their bills.
“Last year the government had introduced a new scheme where it provided a markdown by fifty per cent to the defaulters but only a minimum number of defaulters cleared the dues,” Kumar added.
He added that Due to its failure in drawing the expected number of defaulters the initiative was later scrapped off the government making way for other alternatives. The state government is now considering the introduction Smart or Prepaid metering system for electricity in Tripura in due course of time.
“The proposal has been sent for installation of 3 lakh prepaid metres. However, there are smart metres already installed in approximately 40,000 households which can also be used as prepaid meters according to requirement,” Kumar added.
There are 6,11,392 domestic consumers cross the state and 56,019 connections are commercial consumers. The state is earned a revenue of Rs 516.76 crore, Rs 204.97 and Rs 207.99 crore in 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 financial years, respectively by selling electricity to other north-eastern states. Meanwhile, neighbouring country Bangladesh is procuring 160 Mega Watt and paying a sum of Rs 467.66 crore per annum in an average. Moreover, Tripura received a sum of Rs 524.96 crore and 300.98 crore during 2017-18 and 2016-17 financial years from Bangladesh for borrowing electricity generated from OTPC at Palatana.