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Regional ATEs a relief to consumers

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ATE ChiefIn response to the long-time demand for the non-Delhi based industrial organisations and discoms, the Union Ministry of Power has issued a notification setting up circuit benches of the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (ATE) in various parts of the country.This would save consumers unnecessary wastage of time and precious money while challenging orders of the regulatory commission as they would no longer be required to travel as far as Delhi for the purpose. Consumers in the south may instead have to take a shorter route to Chennai.

The notification dated May 1, 2012 says, "In exercise of powers conferred by clauses (c) and (d) of sub-section (2) of section 112 of the Electricity Act, 2003 the Central government hereby notifies, in consultation with the Chairperson of the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity, the areas of jurisdiction in respect of the following benches of the Appellate Tribunal."

Accordingly, the Delhi (Principal bench), deals with the Northern Region matters arising from the orders of the Central Commission/ Adjudicating Officers/ State Commissions of Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand,Rajasthan and Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission for Goa and Union Territories.

The new circuit bench at Chennai deals with Southern Region matters arising from the orders of Adjudicating Officers/ State Commissions of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

The western region circuit bench at Mumbai deals with the matters arising from the orders of Adjudicating Officers/ State Commissions of Gujarat, and Maharashtra.

The Eastern Region circuit bench of Kolkata deals with the matters arising from the orders of Adjudicating Officers/ State Commissions of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Sikkim and West Bengal.

Kolkata also deals with matters arising from North-Eastern Region the orders of Adjudicating Officers/ State Commissions of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission for Manipur and Mizoram.

The Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FKCCI) and other consumers from the State have been demanding for a circuit bench outside New Delhi since 2006. The consumers had even submitted before the ATE that the consumers will be deprived of justice considering the distance they were to travel and to meet the litigation charges.

"In case there is an adjournment, after we reach New Delhi and depose before the tribunal, we will end up spending at least Rs 40,000 for the trip without results, of which our travel expenditure will be a whopping Rs 25,000," said a consumer on conditions of anonymity.

Stating that Chennai has come as a blessing to the power consumers, M G Prabhakar, a former member of Consumer grievance redressal forum, BESCOM and a power expert said that here at least consumers can afford to take their counsel along with them.

Source- Deccan Herald

 

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