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Sans power for 2 yrs, 70-yr-old seeks help

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Parvesh Sharma

tribune news service

Sangrur, June 17

With no money to clear her power dues, a 72-year-old widow has been without an electricity connection for the last two years.

For Labh Kaur, a resident of Dirba town, inconvenience compounds during summer, with temperature shooting up to unbearable degrees.

“Two years back, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) officers disconnected the power supply to my house, saying that my younger son, who I had lost to a brief illness, had not cleared the dues,” said Kaur.

She says her only source of income was her pension, which too didn’t come regularly.

“Earlier, a neighbour had allowed me to make use of his power connections, but later he refused citing reduced income amid the lockdown,” the woman said.

“I don’t blame PSPCL officers, as they are just following the rules. However, the Punjab Government can waive my bill on compassionate grounds,” she said.

Munish Kumar Jindal, Executive Engineer, PSPCL, Dirba, said the department had disconnected the power supply to her house due to non-payment of Rs 24,421.

“The woman had visited my office in June last year. I asked her to pay only as much as she could. However, she never met me later on. I will look into the matter,” said Jindal. — TNS

from The Tribune

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