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DERC punishes discom for failure to give connection

PTI  New Delhi, September 24, 2012
First Published: 00:03 IST(24/9/2012) | Last Updated: 00:05 IST(24/9/2012)

The Capital’s power regulator, Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC), has imposed a penalty of around Rs. 19,000 on Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (TPDDL) for failing to provide electricity connection to a consumer within the prescribed time limit of 30 days.


The order came in response to a petition filed against TPDDL by Vijender Kumar Sharma, a resident of Tri Nagar in East Delhi.

In the order, the DERC said Sharma had applied for a new connection on September 3, 2011, and as per Delhi Electricity Supply Code and Performance Standards Regulations, 2007, it should have been provided within one month of filling of the application.

The Tata Power-backed company has been asked to pay a fine of Rs. 15,000 to DERC and Rs. 4,158 to the complainant as compensation. When asked, a TPDDL official said the company would  comply with the DERC order.

Sharma was given the connection on January 17 — 99 days after filling of the application. TPDDL had argued that there were anomalies in the information and documents provided by the complainant, an argument which was rejected by the DERC.

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