ISLAMABAD: Two key government functionaries of the federal capital have locked their horns in an ugly battle while the ministry of water and power has also failed to settle the matter. The state run power distribution company, Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO), has disconnected the electricity of the headquarters of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and the Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI) office on Dec. 27 as the civic agency was defaulter by Rs. 205 million. The disconnection caused severe problems to the civic agency and masses at large as the water supply in many sectors of the capital city remained suspended for several hours. In retaliation of the disconnection of electricity of its headquarters, the CDA had sealed two stores of the IESCO on account of non-conforming use here on Wednesday. The IESCO claimed that they had issued several notices over the non-payment of electricity bills of street lights for one year. According to the IESCO, the CDA high-ups did not bother paying the outstanding dues, claiming that their account had been sealed by the Islamabad High Court and that no type of transaction was possible. The stores were constructed in green belts, one located in the green belt between sector G-9 and F-9 and the other one located in the sector G-7. The operation was conducted by the Directorate of Municipal Administration Enforcement in the presence of Magistrate Imran Zia. However, when the IESCO disconnected their electricity, the MCI paid a bill of Rs 50 million on Wednesday. Upon payment of the Rs 50 million, the IESCO restored the supply of electricity to the CDA headquarters. Previously, the rift between government functionaries over non-payment of bills made headlines in the national media. The IESCO had disconnected the power supply of the Parliament Lodges for non-payment and the Chairman Senate had to come forward to settle the dispute. The IESCO said recovery from government functionaries was as low as 51 per cent while that of from common masses was up to 97 per cent. The ministry of water and power has ordered all distribution companies to recover payable bills form government institutions. When Daily Times contacted several officials of the government institutions and asked why their functionaries did not pay due bills on time, they complained that the IESCO itself was a hurdle in this regard. They said the IESCO charged extra units, which were never used, in bills which caused non-payment of bills adding that if IESCO dispatched correct bills the situation would be different. On other hand, citizens of Islamabad complained about problems caused by the battle between the government functionaries. Asim Ali, a resident of I-10 sector, told Daily Times that they had to purchase electricity on higher prices but they also had to face power cuts and disconnection of water. Sources said that the IESCO had planned to bring the matter before the court to make smooth payments possible. The IESCO spokesman told Daily Times that this was a routine matter as the CDA had paid some amount and the rest of payable dues would be recovered soon while the company was considering shifting its offices from residential areas.