PANAJI: Power Minister Nilesh Cabral infomred that the state governemnt has further extended the OTS scheme for defaulting power consumers till Feb 28.
He said that nearly Rs 240 crore recovery is still pending from 1.06 lakh consumers.
“State governemnt has further extended the OTS scheme for defaulting power consumers till Feb 28, so far Rs 170 crore recovered; scheme extended with benefits of only two installments,”said Cabral
“Under the scheme, if the consumer pays the entire principal amount, then he or she will get 100% waiver in delay payment charges. If the consumer wants to pay the principal amount in installments, then the waiver on delay payment will vary from 20% to 80%, based on the total installment, he or she opts for,” Cabral explained.
“We cannot give power free of cost. We are charging on an average Rs 1.40 per unit to the consumers whereas we pay Rs 4.80 per unit for purchase of power. Sometime, during the peak hours, we even pay Rs 14 per unit,” Cabral added.
Cabral said that the current power transmission loss is between 7-8% to 11% and that government is working to minimize it.
All the details to avail the scheme are available at department’s website www.goaelectricity.gov.in. The consumers can also contact the nearest department office or call on the helpline number 1912 and 7350622000 or post their queries on email@example.com.