"The court has extended the interim stay on the proposed power tariff hike till June 20 and in the meantime asked the OERC to dispose the review petition of the state government, which is pending before it. The court has fixed the next date of hearing of the case on June 20," said petitioner Dilip Mohapatra.
The court's order came in response to the petitions challenging the power tariff hike decision of the OERC. While one of the PIL was filed by the Federation of Consumer Organisations Orissa and Keonjhar Navanirman Parishad, the other two were filed by the Utkal Chamber of Commerce (UCC) representing 239 business houses in Orissa and the Rohit Ferrotech Ltd of Kalinganagar Industrial Complex. The petitioners alleged that electricity generation, transmission and its distribution were being done in a very arbitrary manner by the private companies in the state without any transparency in their fund management .The PIL stated electricity generation, transmission, distribution and trading had completely failed in protecting the interests of the consumers to provide electricity at an affordable price.
The OERC had proposed to hike the power tariff from April 1, but on hearing to these PILs, the high court had imposed an interim stay on the proposed hike.
During an earlier hearing, the court had asked Grid Corporation of Orissa (GRIDCO) to furnish details of the defaulters against which notices have been issued for disconnection of electricity supply due to huge outstanding bills. But on Monday, GRIDCO cited that it does not have the entire details of the deafulters of the entire state. So, the high court has directed other companies such as Southco, Wesco and Nesco to also submit the detail list of defaulters in the court before the next hearing.
Source- Times of India