City-based advocate Ajay Jagga has written to home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Chandigarh administrator Shivraj Patil for immediate reduction in power tariff in the city on the pattern of Delhi.
Referring to the decision of the Delhi government regarding reduction in power tariff and audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), Jagga in his letter stated: “Since we are governed by the same constitution and even the Electricity Act, 2003, is applicable to all states and UTs, so the residents of Chandigarh should not be discriminated against other states in the matter of relief on account of subsidies, especially when the Chandigarh electricity department has failed to get its energy audit properly done to substantiate its claim of losses on account of transmission and distribution and has further failed to make proper assessment of the requirement of power in city.”
He further adds that the scenario is worst because the UT electricity department has failed to do proper audit, assessment of losses and requirement, despite being pointed by the regulatory commission.
Further, Chandigarh has been declared as one of the costliest cities in India and deserves subsidies.
Jagga also maintained that the Chandigarh administration, which was not suffering from any fiscal deficit, keeps on adding charges in the bills of consumers on the pretext of enhancing the rate of 'fuel price and power purchase adjustment charges' commonly known as FPPCA charges. These charges were being recovered from the consumers on the pretext of an order passed by the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission.
The lawyer requested for setting up an inquiry to check the absence of energy audit and non-assessment of power purchase on the basis of requirement to work out the proper losses on account of transmission and distribution. The administration should also investigate the cost structure and pricing mechanism adopted by electricity department for the past couple of years.