The Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court has restricted the role of electricity distribution franchaisee Essel Vidyut Vitaran (Ujjain) Pvt Ltd in response to a writ petition it filed to obtain a stay against termination of its services in Ujjain city.
In an interim order, the division bench of Justice S R Waghmare and Justice Praksah Shrivastav allowed the petitioner to undertake meter reading, issue electricity bills, collect payment for October-November 2015 and deposit in a separate account maintained by the west discom. The latter will supply electricity to Ujjain city.
"The status quo be maintained till next hearing," stated the court order issued on October 29, 2015, the copy of which was received on Thursday night. The next hearing will take place on December 3.
Three years back, the state government-run MP West Zone Electricity Distribution Co Ltd (west discom), which supplies electricity to Indore and Ujjain division, had granted license to Essel Vidyut Viratan (Ujjain) Pvt Ltd to supply electricity, issue bills and collect payment in Ujjain city.
On October 1, 2015, west discom MD Akash Tripathi issued it a termination notice on the ground that the licensee, "failed to meet standards of performance and consumer service as laid out in agreement."
Later, west discom took over the management and operation of electricity supply to Ujjain city from the licensee. Consequently, the latter moved High Court seeking stay on termination of its services.
According to Tripathi, the discom issued the notice after several reminders wherein the licensee was told to improve its performance, especially in view of Simhastha fair to be held in April-May next year.
Essel Vidyut Viratan (Ujjain) Pvt Ltd is part of Essel group founded by business tycoon Subhash Chandra in 1976.