Panaji: After the successful implementation of the OTS scheme for the power consumers, the Goa government has now introduced the “Dues recovery and Settlement Scheme 2020-21″ under Public Works Department for payment of dues towards water charges from all Domestic & non Domestic water consumers having accumulated dues as on 31st October 2020.
The notification issued by the department says that this is a one-time Settlement scheme for the Defaulted Consumer(s) who have not paid their dues to the Public Works Department for utilisation of their services of providing potable water and/or sewerage services either for domestic or Non Domestic purpose including Bulk Consumers till 31 October 2020.
The schemes shall also be made applicable to defaulted consumers whose cases are referred to the revenue recovery Court as on 31″ October 2020 and also consumers whose installations are Temporarily Disconnected/Permanently Disconnected as on 31” October 2020, for non-payment of outstanding arrears, the notification says.
It further says that the scheme will also be applicable to the consumers currently availing supply from Department i.e. Active Consumers with accumulated arrears up to 31 October 2020. iv.
The validity for applying for the Scheme is one month from the date of notification on the Official Gazette of Government of Goa.
“This scheme is not applicable to M/s Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited which is concerned under separate agreement,” it said.
Salient Features of the Scheme
Under this scheme the consumer can avail one of the 5 options of repayments of dues based on tenure of the repayment selected by the consumer. The options are as follows:
Option 1: For consumer availing to pay the dues in two monthly equated instalments, no Delayed Payment Charges (D.P.C.) shall be charged i.e. D.P.C. will be waived off totally. Outstanding dues shall be paid within two months of the date of application.
Option 2: For consumers availing to pay the dues in 3 monthly equated instalments, 80% of the D.P.C. shall be waived off. Outstanding dues shall be paid within three months of the date of application.
Option 3: For consumers availing to pay the dues in 4 monthly equated instalments, 60% of the D.P.C. shall be waived off. Outstanding shall be paid within four months of the date of application.
Option 4: For consumers availing to pay the dues in 5 monthly e instalments, 40% of the D.P.C. shall be waived off. Outstanding duvu shall be paid within five months of the date of application.
Option 5: For consumers availing to pay the dues in 6 monthly equated instalments, 20% of the D.P.C. shall be waived off. Outstanding dues shall be paid within six months of the date of application.
For all the above options, the consumer shall pay the first instalment within 7 days from the date of registration and the subsequent instalment’s shall be paid in the subsequent month/months, as per the schedule.