The Tata Power Central Odisha Distribution Ltd (TPCODL) on Wednesday snapped the power supply to Lord Lingaraj Temple office due to alleged non-payment of pending electricity bills to the tune of lakhs of rupees.
Sources said, the pending bill amounts to Rs 4.57 lakh.
The move of the TPCODL and Odisha Government irked the sevayats who have threatened to stall the daily rituals of the temple.
They alleged that the office was razed as part of the ongoing conservation project for the Ekamra Kshetra. However, the concerned authorities are yet to start the construction of the temple administration office even as several months have elapsed.
“The temple’s office was razed as part of the renovation project of the temple few months ago. A market complex has come up on the site. A Bhajan Samaroh office has been opened there and high mast lights have been installed in the market complex. Why shall the temple administration office pay the electricity consumed by them. If power is not restored at the office immediately, sevayats will stop the daily rituals at the temple,” threatened Brahman Nijog Samiti Secretary, Biranchi Narayan Pati.
“The concerned power supply officials had earlier come to disconnect the electric supply to the office. However, the matter was resolved after negotiation. This is yet to be decided whether the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) or the temple administration will pay the pending electricity dues. We have demanded a separate metre for us 15 days back,” informed Executive Officer of Shree Lingaraj Temple, Prasanna Kumar Dash.