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Consumers being over-charged by discoms: NGO

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 15, 2013
First Published: 23:12 IST(15/2/2013) | Last Updated: 23:14 IST(15/2/2013)

A non-governmental organisation has alleged that power distribution companies in Delhi having been over-charging their consumers.

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Chetna, the NGO, has said the discoms have made Rs.4,500 crore in the five years since they introduced electronic meters.

“There are around 40 lakh power connections in the city. Of them, 25 lakh have a single-phase meter under the 10KW system. A consumer gets 25 to 40% excess billing and discoms have been making R75 crore per month collectively, which means Rs.900 crore per year,” said Anil Sood, the president of Chetna.

“According to experts, 327 of Tata Power Delhi distribution Limited’s (TPDDL) transformers are showing negative loss which means they have billed consumers more than what they have supplied,” he added.

The NGO has demanded that power tariff be not raised in the city and also suggested unbundling of the present power distribution companies to bring in players to break their monopoly.

However, TPDDL denied the allegations. In a statement, it said the issue raised by Chetna is totally baseless since energy used by a consumer is measured by the meter installed at the premises to control the consumer’s installation.

Monthly electricity bills are prepared based on the energy consumption recorded by such meters.

If at all a transformer is overloaded, then that transformer may eventually become faulty. A transformer can develop faults for various other reasons as well.

Faults and defects on a transformer may result in temporary interruption of electricity supply to the consumer.

Under no circumstances can a faulty transformer inflate or artificially affect the electricity consumed by a consumer or the resultant bill.


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