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HCCI slams DISCOMs over move to increase power tarrif

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HaryanaThe Haryana chamber of commerce and industries (HCCI) a body scribed by 40,000 strong big medium and small scale industries across the state  asked the distribution companies to improve their collection by reducing the line and distribution system then slapping increase on honest electricity consumers. Headed by Satish Gupta and A L Aggarwal, the president and general secretary respectively of the HCCI, around 100 delegates from various cities across the state conveyed this during public hearing organized by Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission ( HERC) headed by A S Prashar, the chairman, at Panchkula to review the annual revenue reports (ARR) to fix tariff for the year 2012-13.

While asking Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) and Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) to reduce the distribution losses and increase recovery of electricity arrears from defaulters, the HCCI categorically asked power generation companies to take full productions from the Nuclear and Thermal power plants of the state.

At the same time, the delegates also categorically asked the authorities to come out with a provision like Right to Service Act to compensate the trade and industry with scheduled and unscheduled power cuts.

"An industrialist is already paying the electricity bills at the rate varying between Rs 6.50 per unit to Rs 7.50 per unit. What kind of hike the DISCOMs are looking forward now. What about the compensation of scheduled and unscheduled power cuts?'' questioned Satish Gupta, the HCCI president.

A trader or industrialists shall never resort to agitation or take on unlawful activity to protest, hence, the authorities need to be considerate towards them before taking any decision on power tariff, added Gupta. Interestingly except for HCCI or the representative from the industries like metal industries, cold storage industries, none of resident body effectively came forward to press their demands during the public hearing which lasted for over three hours.

Source- Times of India


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