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Move to impose power restrictions slammed

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KSERCKerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has come under severe criticism from the state electricity regulatory commission at the public hearing on 25-04-2012 on the board's request for introducing power restrictions on over 85 lakh domestic power consumers in the state. Never before in its history had the board made a request that would go totally against the interest of domestic consumers in the state, commission observed while taking up the board's petition. The board had sought the commission's permission to charge extra money from domestic consumers who use more than 150 unit of power a month. Whenever such power restrictions were introduced by the board in the past, the practice was to charge more money on consumers who use more than 300 units a month.

The board approached the commission with a revised tariff petition on domestic consumers as the commission had earlier said the board was taking a discriminatory attitude towards HT and EHT consumers by protecting domestic consumers from power restrictions.

The commission also criticized the board for issuing an order exempting a section of domestic consumers from paying power surcharge during October-December, 2011 period, without the knowledge and approval of the commission.

The board while taking note of the government assurance on Rs 50 crore financial support, said only those consumers who use more than 120 units per month were supposed to pay the surcharge.

According to the commission, the board had no right to exempt a section from the purview of surcharge, unless and until it receive the financial as assistance offered by the government for the same purpose.

The commission is expected to pass on order on the board's tariff petition for power restrictions on LT consumers in a day or two.

Source- Economic Times

 

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