The Electricity Department has finally restored the power connection of the Panjim municipal market which was looming in dark for past ten days after the City Corporation of Panaji (CCP) agreed to pay pending power dues of over Rs 3 crores.
The department, had on March 6, disconnected the power supply to the public space of the market where the connection is in the name of CCP while electricity continued to reach all other shops that have individual meters. The power connections were disconnected after CCP failed to make the payment of Rs 3.12 crores pending since October 2015.
CCP officials, however, have tried to wash their hands off the bill, pointing out that the bill is in the name of Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC), who had built the market. CCP officials say that GSIDC had applied for water and electricity connections for the municipal market complex and thus the bills continue to come in GSIDC’s name.
“We have restored the power connection last Friday, following CCP letter to us agreeing to pay the pending dues,” Executive Engineer Paul Fernandes confirmed.
He said that the department has now granted one month time period to the corporation to make the payment, failing which power would be withdrawn again.