Bhubaneswar: Admitting that the financial condition of CESU, the largest power distribution company in Odisha, the discom CEO Arun Bothra Tuesday said that a massive drive will be launched to recover the staggering Rs 1,971 crore dues that is receivable from the consumers.

Bothra, a senior IPS officer who is known for his toughness, said that the power supply to the defaulters would be snapped if the dues were not cleared by January 15, 2020. He said that the consumers would be informed through messages and would allowed to pay the dues in six installments.

The CESU CEO said, as many as 7 lakh consumers have not paid their electrict bills. Of them, 92% are domestic consumers and are having an outstanding of Rs 1,023 crore

As many as seven lakh consumers have not paid their electricity bills. Of them, 92% are domestic consumers and owes around Rs 1,023 crore. A total of 58,000 consumers are yet to clear dues of Rs 691 crore. This apart, 1.04 lakh consumers have not paid electricity bills for past two years.

“Financial health of Cesu is not good as it is yet to recover a huge amount of dues,” Bothra said adding this is pulling down the discom in giving quality services to the honest and disciplined consumers.

Stating that the Cesu will intensify its drive from January 16 to disconnect power connection of those who have failed to clear the dues, the CEO said consumers against whom lakhs of rupees of electricity bill is pending will face the action first.