Torrent Power’s Failure to Pay Property Tax Leaves Surat Residents in the Dark

For the past four months, the people residing in areas under the jurisdiction of Torrent Power Surat have been grappling with the repercussions of the company's stubbornness


Surat : Torrent Power, a prominent electricity provider in Surat, has come under fire for its failure to pay an outstanding property tax of Rs 7 crore to the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC). This negligence has led to severe consequences for the residents and realtors in the city, as essential services remain unresolved and new projects suffer setbacks. The situation has escalated to the point where political representatives are demanding strict action against Torrent Power to rectify the situation and ensure accountability.

A City in Darkness:

For the past four months, the people residing in areas under the jurisdiction of Torrent Power Surat have been grappling with the repercussions of the company’s stubbornness. As a result of their failure to pay property tax to the SMC, the company’s reluctance to address the outstanding dues has hampered progress in various infrastructure projects. The underground lines, as well as new connections in residential and commercial projects, remain plagued with faults, leaving the affected areas in darkness both literally and metaphorically.

SMC’s Resolute Stand:

Frustrated by Torrent Power’s non-compliance, the Surat Municipal Corporation has taken a firm stance. They have refused permission for the company to dig city roads or lay electricity lines in new projects across Surat. This measure is a direct response to the company’s negligence in fulfilling its financial obligations to the local governing body. The SMC’s unwavering position reflects their commitment to holding Torrent Power accountable for its actions and ensuring the well-being of Surat’s residents.

Demand for Action:

Seeking a resolution to this ongoing issue, Arvind Rana, the BJP MLA from Surat (East) constituency, has addressed a letter to the Municipal Commissioner, Shalini Agarwal. In his letter, he demands strict action against Torrent Power, including the sealing of their sub-stations and headquarters in the city. This strong call for accountability highlights the urgency of the situation and the need for immediate measures to rectify the company’s negligence.

According to BJP MLA Arvind Rana, the general manager of Torrent Power Surat, Snehal Desai has stated that the residential and commercial societies in Surat have allotted the land in their respective projects for establishing electricity sub-stations. As per the agreement between Torrent Power and the societies, the societies are liable to pay property tax to the SMC.

The Toll on Surat’s Progress:

Torrent Power’s failure to pay property tax has had far-reaching consequences, impacting the overall development and progress of Surat. The unresolved faults in the infrastructure projects not only hinder the residents’ access to essential services but also impede the growth and potential of new ventures in the city. The situation calls for urgent intervention to ensure the smooth functioning of Surat’s infrastructure and the well-being of its residents.

The non-payment of property tax by Torrent Power has created a dire situation for Surat’s residents, causing disruptions and delays in various infrastructure projects. The adamant stance of the Surat Municipal Corporation and the demand for strict action by political representatives demonstrate the gravity of the issue.