Members of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) unit of Panchkula condemned the electricity department's decision to replace single-phase meters with three-phase meters here on Saturday.
The members said they strongly condemn the decision as it will put extra burden on the consumers. A 20% discount was being offered on the bill to consumers on installing three-phase meters at the outside poles in various districts, including Jind, Sirsa, Rohtak and in remote areas of many districts, said members, pointing that no such rebate was being offered to the residents of Panchkula. The members also demanded that an incentive should be offered to the consumers of Panchkula for depositing bills in time.
A BJP delegation also met the chairman of regulatory commission, Haryana, apprising him about the difficulties of the impractical decision of the department. Various associations of housing societies of Panchkula have been opposing the decision.
The members said the rate per unit of electricity was unusually high in Haryana compared to Chandigarh and Delhi and demanded that the rate should be rationalised and be at par with the neighbouring states.
They also said that if the electricity department did not withdraw their controversial decisions which are harassing the consumers, the BJP would not hesitate to protest against them.