The industrial electricity consumers consortium on 18-02-2014 slammed the new electricity supply code, which is scheduled to come into force in the state on April 1. Addressing a news conference, the consortium chairman Shaji Sebastian said the new supply code would not only pose hindrances to the smooth running of small-scale industrial units, but also put holes in the purse of the Kerala State Electricity Board.
According to the consortium, the total revision of electricity supply code that specifies the terms and conditions to be followed by the electricity licensee as well as the consumers, was unnecessary since the existing terms and conditions were good enough.
"The proposal to cancel the present system of KSEB installing separate transformers for those who need above 50kva power at the expense of the consumers concerned would only lead to heavy loss to the board. At the same time, the new move to consider connections up to 100kva as LTA service connection would not give significant benefit to the consumers," they said.
The consortium would present its views on the new supply code at the public hearing scheduled at the Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission's headquarters here on Wednesday.
Some of proposals that attracted the protest of the consortium are the following. Clearance by electrical inspectorate is a must for all multi-storied buildings. Breakage of seal or glass cover of meter can be construed as power theft attempt, sharing of service lines, absolute freedom to power utility for introducing load shedding, power restriction and disconnection of power connection, introduction of licence from local self government institutions for availing power connection to industrial units.