The Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) has refused to provide electricity connection to the newly-established Tehsil Office as the Punjab government has failed to submit an amount of Rs142,000 for it. The Wapda also refused to extend the deadline for deposit of demand notice of two electricity metres and a transformer, which lapsed on August 26.
The City District Government has requested the Wapda officials to extend the deadline for submitting demand notice in the newly-built revenue office at the Commissioner’s Office, but they refused to oblige them.
Executive District Officer (Finance and Planning) Saqib Manan admitted that the district accounts officer could not clear the check to pay demand notice fee due to shortage of funds. “We could not give electricity, gas and water connections to the newly-established Tehsil Office in the Commissioner’s Office due to lack of funds,” he added.
Government contractor Rai Imtiaz Ahmed said: “I had sent a cheque for Rs142,000 for depositing demand notice fee for Tehsil Office to the district accounts officer, but the concerned officer has not cleared the cheque due to lack of funds. I started work on the Tehsil Office building in 2007, but still electricity, gas and water connections have not been provided due to lack of funds.”
When ‘The News’ contacted WAPDA Cantonment office, an official, on condition of anonymity, said: “We could not install electricity connection to the newly-established Tehsil Office building without demand notice fee. We cannot extend demand notice deadline and they will have to deposit a new demand notice.”
The working conditions in the Revenue Office are pathetic as the staff could not even go to toilets due to lack of water and they have to sit the entire day in hot and humid conditions.