Recovery of arrears relating to previous consumer

(Supply Code:40)

(1) The arrears of electricity charges and other liabilities if any, in the accounts of the previous consumer of any premises shall be recovered from such previous consumer of the premises, with whom the licensee has executed the service connection agreement, and not from the purchaser or lessee or occupier of the premises.

(2) The licensee shall, on disconnection of supply and dismantling of the service connection on account of arrears of electricity charges, determine the agreement with such consumer and shall forthwith initiate legal proceedings for recovery of arrears of electricity charges and other liabilities from such consumer and shall obtain necessary interim or final orders from the appropriate legal forum:

Provided that the amount of arrears of electricity charges and other liabilities finally recoverable from the consumer and the modus of recovery shall be in accordance with such interim or final orders of the appropriate legal forum.

(3) If a purchaser or lessee or occupier of such premises requires a new connection, as the earlier connection given to the previous consumer in that premises has already been disconnected and dismantled on the ground of outstanding dues of the previous consumer, new connection shall not be denied to such purchaser or lessee or occupier of the premises provided he furnishes a deposit which shall be equal to the arrears of electricity charges and other liabilities if any, excluding interest thereon, till the licensee obtains from the appropriate legal forum an order on the recovery of arrears and other liabilities or till the licensee settles the arrears and liabilities with the previous consumer or till completion of three years whichever is less:

Provided that on obtaining order from the appropriate legal forum on the recovery of such arrears of electricity charges and other liabilities, or on settlement of the arrears and liabilities by the licensee with previous consumer or on completion of three years as aforesaid, the licensee shall release the entire amount of deposit furnished by such owner or lessee or occupier of the premises, along with interest at bank rate as on the date of furnishing such deposit.




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